AID’s Run & Walk Chicago continues to raise awareness

CHICAGO – Since the AIDs Run and Walk Chicago began in 2001, there have been many advances in the treatment and prevention of HIV.

Our very own Dean Richards, who serves in his annual role as Master of Ceremonies, spoke to AIDS Foundation of Chicago CEO John Peller about advances in treatment.

“Some of the great news now is that if people with HIV are treated consistently and early, they can lead completely healthy lives,” Peller said.

There is a new drug in pill form called PrEP, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, which Peller says is 99% effective in preventing HIV.

More than 30 community organizations benefit from money raised at the event – providing housing, mental health services, substance abuse counseling and treatment, and doctor visits and medication.

dr Chicago Department of Health Commissioner Allison Arwady made connections between the community work being done for HIV/AIDS and that arising from the impact of the coronavirus.

“I think decades of dedication by LGBTQ people and people who care about HIV/AIDS has driven a lot of the best things that have happened around COVID,” Arwady said. “[There’s been] Real work for justice, real work to make sure we get things like vaccines to the communities where they are needed most.”

Each step is another step taken to make HIV what it has become today – a medically manageable and mostly preventable diagnosis.

“We know that the money we raise goes to research and that will help a lot of people, and if we do our part, every little bit helps,” said Walkerin Fabiola Enriquez. AID’s Run & Walk Chicago continues to raise awareness

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