FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday March 25, 2019
EQUITAS HEALTH’S AIDS WALK OHIO RETURNS APRIL 13 TO MCFERSON COMMONS
Ohio AIDS Walk is the largest HIV/AIDS awareness walk event in the state
(COLUMBUS, OH) —AIDS Walk Ohio returns Saturday, April 13, 2019 to McFerson Commons in Columbus. For several decades, walkers and runners of all backgrounds come together to fight the stigma that keeps Ohioans from testing and treatment. AIDS Walk Ohio raises critical funds for Equitas Health and other organizations providing HIV services in Ohio.
The 5K walk, 5K run and 1-mile stroll begin in the Arena District at McFerson Commons and follow the scenic Scioto Trail through downtown Columbus. The event regularly draws nearly a thousand participants each year, making it the state’s largest HIV/AIDS awareness event.
“We’re excited to once again bring together the entire community around this important cause,” said Bill Hardy, President & CEO of Equitas Health. “Tens of thousands of people over the past three decades have participated in the AIDS Walk raising millions for HIV/AIDS prevention and care across Ohio. And this year, we focus on a groundbreaking new message, U=U.”
In 2019, AIDS Walk Ohio participants will be challenged to advocate the message that undetectable equals untransmittable (U=U). With daily treatment, a person living with HIV can achieve viral suppression, meaning HIV is no longer detectable, and cannot transmit the virus to a sexual partner.
“The U=U campaign aligns with the AIDS Walk Ohio mission and allows everyone to help dispel HIV myths,” said Hardy. “U=U aims to raise awareness that people living with HIV can lead normal and healthy lives, and again focuses our work on helping everyone living with HIV get the treatment they need to achieve viral suppression.”
To learn more about U=U or to register for the 2019 Robert J. Fass AIDS Walk Ohio, visit aidswalkohio.com.
ABOUT EQUITAS HEALTH:
Established in 1984, Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio), is a regional not-for-profit community-based healthcare system and federally qualified community health center look-alike. Its expanded mission has made it one of the nation’s largest HIV/AIDS, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) healthcare organizations. With 17 offices in 11 cities, it serves more than 67,000 individuals in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia each year through its diverse healthcare and social service delivery system focused around: primary and specialized medical care, community pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, HIV/STI prevention, advocacy, and community health initiatives.
The Equitas Health Pharmacy & Prizm magazine operate as social enterprises for Equitas Health; 100% of profits are reinvested back into the organization’s programs and services.