AIDS Walk Ventura will take place in Plaza Park on Saturday, March 5, at 8:30 AM. The goal of AIDS Walk Ventura is to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS and to fund future efforts for education, outreach, and prevention within Ventura County. The event has a long history in Ventura County and has been hosted by a number of organizations throughout the years. Diversity Collective Ventura County (DCVC) is proud to bring this event back to Ventura, in partnership with Ventura County Department of Public Health, and with the help of numerous volunteers and sponsors. Collectively, DCVC aims to reduce and stop the spread of HIV and AIDS in Ventura County.
In the 2014 HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, the Ventura County Department of Public Health (VCDPH) reported 77% newly diagnosed (or re-ascertained) cases occurring in those under 35 years of age (VCDPH, 2015). The agency also reported both HIV and AIDS diagnoses rose over the previous year. Joseph Summers, DCVC Vice President stated, “We need as much community support as we can get. We are actively seeking donors, sponsors and volunteers, including healthcare organizations, to join us to inform the community on various resources available to them.”
If you would like to be a sponsor, volunteer, or for general information, please visit http://www.diversitycollectivevc.org/aids-walk-ventura.html. Health Fair Vendor booths will be free of charge. In kind donations and monetary sponsorships are tax-deductible. Contact Joseph Summers at [email protected] or 619-5428 or further questions.