Pennsylvania: Squirrel Hill Woman to Walk in Swaziland to Help Combat AIDS
May 20, 2008
In a bid to raise awareness about pediatric HIV/AIDS, Squirrel Hill resident Talia Rosenberg will walk 35 miles across Swaziland this summer.
Rosenberg is a graduate of Allderdice High School and Harvard University who plans to attend Yale School of Medicine this fall. During her trek, slated for June 30 to July 5, she will serve as a youth ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. She is the group's first youth representative.
"[Pediatric HIV/AIDS] is not something that's gone away, even though it seems like it's just in Africa," said Rosenberg. "There are plenty of populations still in the United States who have the disease."
During the walk, Rosenberg and scores of others who have raised money for the foundation's research efforts will visit clinics, orphanages, and hospitals. The envoy hopes to convey the message that the world has not forgotten about HIV/AIDS. "It's probably very important for people working with the disease and fighting the disease to know they're not alone," said Rosenberg. "They should know that people still care."
The people walking with Rosenberg will have raised a minimum of $15,000 each to support the foundation's programs and to raise awareness about children affected by HIV/AIDS.
Almost 40 percent of Swaziland's population are infected with HIV. Many of the country's newest HIV cases are children who were infected by their mothers during pregnancy or breast-feeding.
For more information about the walk, visit www.pedaids.org/awa2008.
5.19.2008; Amy McConnell
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.