While there have been significant advancements in HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) research in recent years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 50,000 people in the United States are newly infected with HIV each year. One in four new HIV infections occurs in youth, ages 13-24 years.
To raise awareness about HIV and AIDS, the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, along with the Boonshoft School of Medicine and Five Rivers MetroParks, is sponsoring the annual 5K AIDS Benefit Walk/Run on Sunday, April 14, at 9 a.m., at Wegerzyn Gardens, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., in Dayton. The race check-in begins at 8 a.m.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to the AIDS Resource Center Ohio in Dayton.
“A quarter of those living with HIV are unaware of it,” said Joey Resch, a second-year medical student who is part of WSU AMSA. “Thanks to resources like the AIDS Resource Center Ohio, people in Dayton who suffer from HIV and AIDS are able to find treatment help. Hosting a 5K to help raise awareness of HIV and AIDS is a way for us to give back to our local community.”
Pre-registration costs $20 before April 1. After April 1, registration costs $25. To register, go to http://www.med.wright.edu/clubs/aids5k.