AIDS WALK TAMPA BAY:
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:
HIV/AIDS IN FLORIDA: A SNAPSHOT through 2010
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.
PLEASE, MAKE A DONATION BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW:
AIDS SERVICE ASSOCIATION OF PINELLAS
3050 1ST AVENUE S
SAINT PETERSBURG, FL 33712
Phone: (727) 328-3260
TAMPA BAY OUTLAWS
An LGBT and supporting country western dance team.
FACTS AND STATISTICS:
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)