WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (CNS) — The 38th annual AIDS Walk of Los Angeles returned to the streets of West Hollywood on Sunday with the theme “Be All Over It.”
The march was carried out on a virtual basis the previous two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re done talking. We’re done with people living with HIV going unsupported. We’re done with the assault on our rights that’s unfolding across the country,” said Craig E. Thompson, CEO from APLA Health. “We’re calling on individuals and organizations who are fed up to come up with a plan to ‘be everywhere’ with us and show the world that you’ll no longer be silent on the issues you care about.”
The walk supports APLA Health and other HIV/AIDS service organizations in Los Angeles County. APLA Health is a multi-site operation, which includes eight federally licensed health centers, serving more than 18,000 people in Los Angeles County each year, according to Craig Bowers, director of marketing and external affairs for APLA. Health.
The approximately 2-mile walk began at 9 a.m. in West Hollywood Park, heading north to Santa Monica Boulevard, east to La Cienega Boulevard, then reversing direction and heading to west to Doheny Drive, east to San Vicente Boulevard, and south to West Hollywood Park.
AIDS Walk Los Angeles was the world’s first fundraising walk to benefit organizations fighting AIDS. It first took place in 1985, starting on the grounds of Paramount Pictures and continuing through the streets of Hollywood.
The march moved to West Hollywood due to security concerns following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It was held in downtown Los Angeles from 2016 to 2019.
Since its inception, the walk has raised more than $92 million, Bowers said.
APLA Health provides 20 different services, including medical, dental, behavioral health and HIV specialist care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and the detection and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, the administration of antiviral drugs to prevent HIV/AIDS.
APLA Health also provides housing assistance, food, benefits counselling, home health care and other services to people living with and affected by AIDS and HIV.
APLA Health also advocates for policies and legislation that positively impact LGBTQ+ and HIV communities and conducts community-based research on issues affecting the communities it serves.
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