Chase Brexton Health Care aims to raise $150,000 to further expand its HIV testing, awareness and care programs during the fourth annual AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore, presented by Quest Diagnostics, at the Maryland Zoo on May 6, 2018.
“HIV and AIDS remain a major problem in Baltimore and a leading cause of death here,” said Sharon Cooper-Kerr, Special Events Manager for Chase Brexton. “We urge people in the community to come out and walk or run – and support this critically important effort to raise funds to expand testing and treatment.”
All proceeds from the AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore will support Chase Brexton’s HIV and AIDS programs, including assistance with medications, case management services, and medical care. A comprehensive health fair will once again be present at the end of the course offering health information, testing, and refreshments.
Maryland has the fifth highest rate of HIV infection in the U.S., according to the State Department of Health, and more than 30,000 Marylanders are currently living with the disease. HIV/AIDS has also seen a resurgence among Baltimore youths; citywide, the percent of new infections occurring in 13 to 29-year-olds grew from 14 percent in 2000 to 39 percent in 2015, the department reported.
For more than three decades, Chase Brexton has maintained a leading role in battling HIV/AIDS. Now a multi-faceted health center offering a continuum of care to a diverse community, Chase Brexton continues to provide comprehensive HIV-targeted case management services. These services include physical exams; ongoing follow-up visits with patients; diagnostic tests; treatment for patients co-infected with Hepatitis B or C; nutritional assessments and consultations; and intensive patient health education and support for HIV medications.
Last year, the event succeeded in raising nearly $100,000 to support Chase Brexton Health Care’s HIV/AIDS prevention, outreach, and testing services. More than 600 attendees came to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore to walk, run, and volunteer.
If you go:
What: AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore 2018
When: Sunday, May 6, 2018; 8 a.m.
Where: The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1876 Mansion House Drive, Baltimore, MD 21217