MINNEAPOLIS, May 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Sunday, May 20, join the Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP) at Minnehaha Park for the 25th 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.
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.
The day's events will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the Run for the Ribbon and activities in the park such as massages, children's games and free HIV testing. The opening ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. with local bands, Fort Wilson Riot and Apollo Cobra, followed by the Minnesota AIDS Walk at 11:00 a.m.
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 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.
Walkers and runners can sign up for the event by visiting www.mnaidswalk.org or call the Minnesota AIDS Walk staff at 612-373-2410.
Melissa Conway 612-373-9164 (desk)
SOURCE Minnesota AIDS Project