Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil
The 15th Annual Strides of March is set for March 28th, 2010. “The Strides is a 3.1 mile walk/run through downtown Chattanooga,” to support Chattanooga Cares. The Strides of March also gives our community “an opportunity to come together in a celebration of hope and remembrance of friends and family who are affected by HIV/AIDS.” For more information or to sign-up or volunteer go to www.chattanoogacares.org or call 423-648-9912.
The Centers for Disease Control report that,
“HIV and AIDS were originally thought to affect mostly gay men. However, women have always been affected too. And even though more men than women have HIV, women are catching up. In fact, if new HIV infections continue at their current rate worldwide, women with HIV may soon outnumber men with HIV.”
Also, Here are the most recent statistics from 2004 reported by the CDC.
Sarah Spencer from Chattanooga Cares talks about how this organization provides for the needs of residents in South-East Tennessee who live with HIV/AIDS or who have loved ones who have contracted the virus. Chattanooga Cares reports that there is to date, no cure for HIV. The focus says Spencer is on prevention. Here are some “Prevention Challenges” as reported by the CDC.