DCHHS Supports AIDS Walk South
Elias Cantu, Walk Co-Chair; Auntjuan "Mr. Community" Wiley, President; Zachary Thompson,
DCHHS Director…, Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia; Julie Minialoff, Walk Co-Chair and Board
Member; Rob Minialoff Advisory Board Member
Dallas (March 21, 2017)– In Dallas County, HIV/AIDS continues to be an epidemic with a 56 percent increase of persons living with HIV/AIDS in Dallas County. Cases of HIV/AIDS are being seen in the 13 to 18 year age group, accounting for 5 percent of new diagnoses in all age groups.
In Commissioner’s Court, Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia presented a resolution to Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) and AIDS Walk South Dallas (AWSD), a program with the goal to empower persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS through prevention, advocacy, education, peer support and emergency financial assistance.
The theme for this year “Engage, Educate, Empower” aims to inspire and educate the community of South Dallas and surrounding areas to continue to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS and assist those impacted.
AIDS Walk South Dallas 2017 is celebrating its seventh annual walk Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 2922 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75215.
Registration can be done at the walk beginning at 8 a.m. or in advance online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aids-walk-south-dallas-2017-tickets-27638484451.
DCHHS continues to support HIV/AIDS awareness initiatives throughout Dallas County communities and encourages citizens to do the same.
“We support AIDS Walk South Dallas, which aims to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS in our communities,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director. “This walk and other events will help connect our citizens to openly communicate and eliminate stigmas associated with HIV and AIDS.”
“The support we receive from the community shows a shared commitment and true passion to have an effect on the lives of people impacted by HIV and AIDS, and it’s much appreciated,” said Auntjuan Wiley, AWSD founder and chair.
DCHHS provides confidential screening and results for sexually-transmitted diseases, including HIV. Dallas County residents can call 214-819-2155 for more information.