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Walk in Wichita to mark World AIDS Day

  • Published Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at 7:34 p.m.

Local health officials will mark World AIDS Day on Saturday with a commemorative walk, speakers, a chili cook-off, free HIV testing and more.

The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, in collaboration with the Sedgwick County Health Department, First Metropolitan Community Church, Positive Directions, Hunter Health Clinic and the Kansas AIDS Education and Training Center, will host a commemorative walk beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

The walk will start at the American Red Cross parking lot, 1900 E. Douglas, and proceed to First Metropolitan Community Church, 156 S. Kansas. The rest of the program – speakers, live music, a chili cook-off and the reading of names of people who have lost their lives to AIDS – will take place at the church.

The KU School of Medicine will offer free confidential HIV testing for students at Wichita State University from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday. For more information, contact Mike Madecky at 316-293-3405.

The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. It is intended to focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, about 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV infection, and one in five of those are unaware of their HIV status.

For more information on the Kansas HIV/AIDS program, go to www.kdheks.gov/hiv/ or contact Travis Barnhart, HIV prevention program manager, at 785-296-1037.

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