The 32nd annual Aids Walk San Francisco drew 10,000 people to Robin Williams meadow and to hoof it more than six miles to raise awareness, and funds for HIV/AIDS research and programs. One walker said everyone needs to realize that HIV infections are still happening in America. She's also walking today to remember a friend.
One of the primary beneficiaries of the aids walk fundraiser is the nonprofit ACRIA. It's the world's leading research organization on HIV and aging.
"We're going to expand our research efforts so we can better understand the needs of our aging population with HIV,” said Kelsey Louie, executive director of ACRIA"
Today's survivors of the aids epidemic of the 1980s and 90s are mostly in their 60s.
"In terms of long-term survivors, they're experiencing a unique set of needs: isolation, mental health, and needs to get back into the work force," Louie said.
ACRIA says there are more than 40,000 new HIV infections in America. And those new infections have shifted away from gay men and to women.
Since 1987, the aids walk has raised more than $90 million for HIV programs in the bay area. The goal this year is to raise two million dollars. For complete coverage, visit here.