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
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.