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Thursday, May 11, 2017

May 7th AIDS Walk Raises Nearly $100K

The AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore 2017 presented by Quest Diagnostics succeeded in raising nearly $100,000 to support Chase Brexton Health Care’s HIV/AIDS prevention, outreach, and testing services. More than 600 attendees gathered at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore on Sunday, May 7th to take steps to end HIV and AIDS in Baltimore. They were welcomed to the event by Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, Chase Brexton Health Care president and CEO Patrick Mutch, and emcee Chardelle Moore of Fox 45 Baltimore.

“It was amazing to see so many runners, walkers, volunteers, and teams come out to support our third annual AIDS Walk & Run,” said Chase Brexton’s Becky Frank. “Their efforts will make a major impact in our fight to prevent new HIV cases in Baltimore and provide care to those already affected.”

More than 12,000 people are living with HIV in Baltimore – one in 43 city residents – but 16% do not know they’re infected. Among Chase Brexton’s HIV patients, 90 percent have suppressed viral loads, compared to 71 percent of HIV patients city-wide. 72 percent of Chase Brexton HIV patients have undetectable viral loads.

In addition, 30 vendors offered information and resources at a finish line health fair. Food for attendees was provided by the Greene Turtle.

Results from the 5K race, organized by Charm City Run, are available at Tinyurl.com/2017AWmale for men and Tinyurl.com/2017AWfemale for women.

Sponsors for the 2017 AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore include Quest Diagnostics, Gilead, the Greene Turtle, Bristol-Myers Squibb, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Johns Hopkins Medicine, McKesson Pharmaceuticals, Priority Partners, Continuum Health Alliance, the Jacques Initiative of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Saul Ewing LLP, and Fox 45 Baltimore,

Donations will continue to be accepted through June 30th; visit BaltimoreAIDSWalk.org to make a contribution.

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