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Texas: AIDS Walk El Paso -- HIV-Positive Patient Keeps Up Fight to Educate Public

October 23, 2012

On October 27, more than 1,000 people are expected to participate in the 20th AIDS Walk El Paso. This year's 5K walk and pet walk at Cohen Stadium is called "Band Together Walk Together." AIDS Walk El Paso is the largest public awareness event and fundraiser for HIV/AIDS in El Paso. The organization International AIDS Empowerment will use the money raised from the walk for the HIV/AIDS testing, case management, prevention and education, medical services, clothing, a food pantry, housing, utility services, and outreach and prevention programs that it directly coordinates.

Jae Salinas, a peer counselor with International AIDS Empowerment, will be marching on October 27. He has been living with AIDS for half of his life. He was given very little hope at the time of his diagnosis, but since that day 20 years ago, his goal has been to promote a better understanding of HIV and AIDS. "Once I got diagnosed, my thing was to help people get informed," said Salinas.

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Comment by: Arthur (El Paso) Mon., Apr. 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm EDT
Why is there no assistance for housing except a waiting list that you will never get to slot one in the time you have left
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