Lowcountry AIDS Services (LAS) and the Roper St. Francis Ryan White Wellness Center (RWWC) are inviting the community to run, walk and jog for HIV and AIDS awareness. Again for 2017, the two organizations have partnered to host the ninth Red Ribbon 5K & AIDS Walk on Saturday, Sept. 16 at Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston.
This event includes a timed 5K race on a certified course along the trails of the county park as well as a free AIDS Walk. The race begins at 10 a.m. followed by a family friendly health and wellness fair with games, food, vendors and music from DJ Lonatron and acoustic duo Oh Valentino.
The 5K course winds through Wannamaker Park on both paved trails and through a scenic forested, unpaved path. Registration is $30 per person and includes a race T-shirt ($35 day of). Team fundraising opportunities are available. Register for the 1-mile AIDS Walk for free. Top finishers and winners in designated age groups will receive a medal.
For information and to register, visit www.redribbonlowcountry.org.
Proceeds will be used to help the more than 2,500 people living with HIV and AIDS here in the tri-county area gain access to medical care and live healthier, more sustainable lives.
The Deep South, including the state of South Carolina, continues to be an area of concern as it leads the country in the number of new HIV infections each year. In 2014, the Deep South region continued to have the highest HIV diagnosis rate and numbers and the highest HIV-related death rate of any U.S. region, according to the latest report from the Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative. African Americans represent a majority of new HIV diagnoses as well as a majority of people living with HIV in the Deep South. New diagnoses among African-American gay and bisexual men who have sex with men continue to increase.
South Carolina ranks 13th in the nation for its high prevalence of AIDS cases, and Charleston/North Charleston ranks 19th among national metropolitan areas.