Myrtle Beach, S.C.: Walkers Step Out to Boost AIDS Awareness
March 14, 2003
About 200 people turned out for Saturday's AIDS Walk at the Myrtle Beach, S.C., Pavilion to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and raise money for CARETEAM, a nonprofit social services agency. CARETEAM Executive Director Valerie Harrington said Saturday's walk was a success, and at least five new volunteers were registered. "We are thrilled with the participation we had this year," said Harrington. CARETEAM offers comprehensive case management services to those with HIV/AIDS, including housing assistance, counseling and medical help. Harrington said that there are currently about 1,800 known HIV cases in Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties; she could not estimate how many unreported cases there may be in the area. By promoting prevention, Harrington hopes to stymie the increase in new HIV/AIDS cases among females, which she attributes to growing complacency. "It is not in the public eye like it should be. And people are not aware that it's in this community," she said. "Many women still think it's a problem for the gay man."Adapted from:
Myrtle Beach Sun-News
03.09.03; Kenneth A. Gailliard
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.