In its 22nd year, Aids Walk Philly brought together thousands who share the same mission, to raise money for HIV prevention education, awareness and HIV care services in Greater Philadelphia.
The two organizations held a free outreach event in Langley Park in order to educate community members about the disease. There were also free blood tests. Participants filed into Prince George's County District I Cops office off of 8011 New Hampshire Avenue starting at 11 a.m. La Clinica del Pueblo, Planned Parenthood, the Whitman-Walker Clinic, the National Institute of Health, the Vaccine Research Center and El Zol 99.1 FM radio station set up booths for the event. The organizations passed out brochures, met with community members and passed out condoms to promote safe sex.
MLAC says they specifically chose Langley Park for the location of the event because of the large Latino population. They say the number of Latinos infected with the disease is growing around the country. Right now, 1.1 million people in the United States have aids and 25% of them don't know they have the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The statistics emphasize the simple yet important message of the day: get tested.