AIDS support group set to march in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - An AIDS support group is set to march from

Jackson to Oxford on Sept. 13 in a demonstration it hopes will lead

to a national strategy to combat the spread of the disease.

The Campaign to End AIDS group will begin the march in Jackson

and end it in Oxford on Sept 23. The group says it wants to urge

the federal government to establish a national strategy to deal

with AIDS/HIV.

Eric Bailey, an AIDS support group member, will lead the march.

He says AIDS is a public health crisis. Bailey says the march is

being held in Mississippi because the group believes the state is

at the center of today's AIDS epidemic. There are 600 new cases of

HIV in Mississippi each year and southern states have greater rates

of HIV infection.

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