so it’s that time of year again…
For those who don’t know, I will be running the Boston AIDS 5K Run on June 2nd in order to raise money and awareness of HIV/AIDS. Some of you may be asking why and thinking that HIV/AIDS is a thing of the past. Fact: every 11 minutes, someone is newly diagnosed with HIV in the United States, and nearly a quarter of those new infections are among people between the ages of 13 and 24.
Since 1999, new diagnoses of HIV in Massachusetts have gone down by an astounding 53%, translating into less than 650 new HIV diagnoses in Massachusetts per year. As a result, 5,700 people have remained HIV negative, and $2 billion in HIV related health care costs have been saved. But with all the success achieved throughout the past several decades, funding cuts threaten to undermine the very programs that keep countless men, women, and children alive.
I’m running because I care, because this is an issue that is important to me. Because people’s lives are at stake. Because with all the success, there is still much more work to be done.
To donate, visit my page. Many companies also match gifts! Remember, every little bit counts.