26th Annual Minnesota AIDS Walk

Sunday, May 19, Minnehaha Park

May 18, 2013, 07:30 ET from Minnesota AIDS Project

MINNEAPOLIS, May 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Sunday, May 19, 2013, join the Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP) at Minnehaha Park for the 26th year of the Minnesota AIDS Walk. Donations to the AIDS Walk help the Minnesota AIDS Project prevent new HIV infections and keep people living with HIV in Minnesota healthy.

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The day's events will begin at 9:00 a.m. with registration, activities in the park such as "Why I walk" photo sharing, massages, children's games, health screenings and free HIV testing. The opening ceremonies, emceed by Jana Shortal from KARE 11 and workout guru Doug Melroe of The Firm, begin at 10 a.m. with local bands from the School for the Recording Arts and Swedish Revival, followed by the Minnesota AIDS Walk at 11:00 a.m.

For 25 years, the Minnesota AIDS Walk has raised funds for the Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP). The first AIDS Walk attracted 1,000 people and raised 100,000. Last year the AIDS Walk raised almost $500,000 with about 5,000 people participating as walkers, runners, and donors.

There is a new case of HIV every day and an additional 7,500 people living with the disease in Minnesota. The largest and oldest organization fighting HIV in the state, the Minnesota AIDS Project is the leading advocate for evidence-based policies that can help lower the incidence of HIV across Minnesota. New cases are prevented by reducing risk in high-risk populations. In Minnesota, those most at risk are young gay and bisexual men of all races.

To target these high-risk populations, the Minnesota AIDS Project conducts street and Internet-based outreach, offering free HIV testing and Information about the risks associated with HIV infection. The MAP AIDSLine provides HIV education, risk assessment, and referrals to needed services statewide.

Confidential community-based support is also provided to people living with HIV – case management, assistance with food, housing and transportation, benefits counseling, and legal services – helping them to maintain their health and reduce the risk of transmission.

People can still sign up to walk or make a donation by visiting www.mnaidswalk.org

Twitter and Instagram hashtag #MNAIDSWalk

On the day of the Minnesota AIDS Walk, members of the media should check-in at the stage.

Melissa Conway

SOURCE Minnesota AIDS Project