AIDS WALK TAMPA BAY: Why I Am Walking and Fundraising By Joe Mannetti


Why I Am Walking and Fundraising


On September 6, 2014 (Saturday), I will be taking part in my first big event since I moved to Florida. I will proudly be joining Matthew D. Moss, Tim Taylor, Adam Sakowski, Roger Bell, Edward James, and Erik Bole of the Tampa Bay Outlaws Country Western Dance Team as we walk with others at the AIDS Walk Tampa Bay event in support of the HIV/AIDS outreach services provided by AIDS Service Association of Pinellas. I just moved to this area in Florida. I want to get off on the right foot by doing the right thing.




My friend Matt Moss and his team, the Tampa Bay Outlaws, are helping me to do that by allowing me to have the honor of walking with them.




I have been involved in outreach and fundraising supporting HIV/AIDS services in Los Angeles, New York City, and in Connecticut. I have worked as an HIV testing counselor in various cities as well. I am very appreciative that Matt and his team are allowing me to continue supporting the people I love living with HIV/AIDS in my new home here in Florida. Please, donate what you can to help us reach our goal. Any amount helps, and every donation counts. As long as there is not a cure or a vaccine for the HIV virus, it impacts all of our lives and the lives of people we love.

Here is a the link to my donation page:

and here is the link to the team’s page:

Donations to either link all collectively go towards funds that support the HIV/AIDS outreach services provided by AIDS Service Association of Pinellas.





Here are some important statistics taken from ASAP’s page to consider:


BLACKS –  HIV has been the leading cause of death for blacks between the ages of 25and 44 in Florida. In 2010, HIV was dropped to the 4th leading cause of death among blacks. HIV was also the leading cause of death among black women 25-44, dropped to 2nd for the first time in 2010. According to both national and Florida data, the survival time from AIDS diagnosis to death significantly shorter for blacks than other racial/ethnic groups.


WOMEN – In Florida, women ages 13 and over accounted for 11% of reported AIDS cases in 1987. That figure steadily rose to 32% in 2010. Women accounted for 25% of the HIV cases reported in 2010.


MEN – In Florida, men ages 13 and over accounted for 89% of reported AIDS cases in 1987. That proportion steadily declined to 68% in 2010. Men accounted for 75% of the HIV cases reported in 2010. In 2010, 2,362 AIDS and 3,873 HIV cases were reported among men.


HISPANICS – The proportion of all newly reported adult HIV cases among Hispanics increased from 17% in 2001 to 22% in 2010. In 2010, HIV was the 6th leading cause of death in Florida for Hispanic men ages 25-44, and the 5th leading cause of death for Hispanic women ages 25-44.


MSM – Men who have sex with men (MSM) represent more than half of the newly diagnosed HIV and AIDS cases among adult men in Florida, followed by heterosexual sex and injection drug use (IDU). Among adult and adolescent males living with HIV disease in Florida and reported through 2010, MSM represents the highest risk within each of the racial/ethnic groups.

Thank you for supporting us with your donations, and thank you for caring! Together, we can make a difference.






Phone: (727) 328-3260 



An LGBT and supporting country western dance team.




Did you know that in the U.S., 1 in 5 persons infected with HIV is unaware of their status? (Info: Kaiser Family Foundation)

Talking openly about HIV can reduce the stigma that keeps too many from seeking the testing, prevention and treatment services, and support they need. Do you know YOUR status? (Info: CDC)



About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (, personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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