Annual AIDS Walk Philly: A time of reflection and action

"There's been a lot of changes and progress over the last 32 years but we're not done yet."

Antionette Lee
October 21, 2018 - 2:41 pm

Antionette Lee | KYWNewsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —Thousands of supporters joined together for the 32nd annual AIDS Walk Philly along Martin Luther King Drive on Sunday.

Fareed Hasan and his daughter Elizabeth Jefferson Johnson participate in the annual event each year in memory of someone close to their heart who died from the disease.

"In memory of my baby's mother, Sheila Jefferson," said Hasan.

To honor her mother's memory, Johnson said it's her mission to help others.

"I just always like to walk in memory of her and to raise money for people that are positive and people who may need money for housing, or testing, or medication," said Johnson.

Antionette Lee | KYWNewsradio

Despite advancements in preventative medications like PREP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), the numbers of new HIV cases in Philadelphia still grows by the hundreds each year. 

Each October the walk takes place in order to bring awareness and try to get that number to zero; zero new cases of HIV, zero infections, zero deaths, and zero stigma.

"Obviously there's been a lot of changes and progress over the last 32 years but we're not done yet. We still have a lot of work left to do," said Robb Reichard, an organizer.

For more information about AIDS Walk Philly or to support, click here.