HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of people gathered at Kamper Park in Hattiesburg Saturday morning to raise funds to help those living with HIV and AIDS. The 11th annual Walk for Life: Step 2 Stop HIV/AIDS was both a fundraiser and a chance to increase awareness of HIV and AIDS.
About 100 Walkers took part.
It was sponsored by the AIDS Services Coalition, which provides transitional housing and supportive services for homeless people with HIV. The organization also does HIV testing.
"Many places, more urbanized areas, have HIV more under control, but in the South and specifically, in Mississippi, Mississippi is number 6 in the nation in new infections," said Kathy Garner, executive director of the AIDS Services Coalition. "And more than 50 percent of the people who have HIV in Mississippi are not in care, which means they are sharing their illness, probably without knowing it," Garner said.
The AIDS Services Coalition was founded in 2002.