The 2017 AIDS Walk Ohio will take place on Saturday, April 15, 2017 in Columbus, on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Dayton and Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Toledo. This year’s tri-city walk/run/ride is among the largest HIV/AIDS awareness event in Ohio.
AIDS Walk Ohio helps raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS service organizations through education and promotional activities through the participation of corporations, walkers, runners, bikers, civic leaders and community members. We hope to bring our community together for this annual event.
Our goal for this year’s event is 2,200 participants and $420,000 in funds for HIV/AIDS services.
- There are more than 1.2 million people living with HIV in the US and almost 1 in 8 don’t know they’re infected.
- About 1 in 4 new HIV infections is among youth ages 13-24.
- As of 2013, 19,554 Ohioans were reported living with HIV. Including undiagnosed individuals takes the estimate to about 23,000 Ohioans living with HIV in OH.
- Since the epidemic began, nearly 648,459 people with AIDS have died in the US.
- An estimated 1 in 16 black men will become infected with HIV in their lifetime.
- HIV remains the #1 health threat for gay and bisexual men.
- 50,000 new HIV infections occur every year in the US with Ohio accounting for approximately 1,100 of them.
- Approximately 14,000 people in the U.S. with an AIDS diagnosis died in 2011.
AIDS Walk Ohio events are produced by and benefit Equitas Health.
Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio) is a not-for-profit community-based healthcare system founded in 1984. 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 13 offices in 10 cities, it serves more than 67,000 individuals in Ohio each year through its diverse healthcare and social service delivery system focused around: primary and specialized medical care, behavioral health, HIV/STI prevention, advocacy, and community health initiatives.
This year Equitas Health will:
- Reach 57,000 individuals with HIV prevention, education & testing services which includes providing PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) – a once daily pill proven to be 92-99% effective in preventing HIV.
- Serve more than 5,000 persons living with HIV/AIDS.
- Provide specialized and primary care to more than 4,000 HIV-positive, LGBTQ and other medically underserved patients.
- Continue to expand the Institute for LGBTQ Health Equity, which will address health disparities through education, research, and community engagement.
- Address Ohio’s heroin epidemic through Safe Point and Naloxone Assistance Programs aimed at avoiding fatal overdoses and reducing harm.
This year’s events are one of the largest public opportunities to raise awareness and critical funds for HIV/AIDS medical care and treatment, HIV prevention (which includes PrEP), and a variety of other services like primary care, behavioral health counseling, and dental care—one of the highest unmet needs for those living with HIV.