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Weho to Get Moving for AIDS Walk LA

By Nancy C. Rodriguez, West Hollywood Patch

October 12, 2010

About 30,000 participants are expected to make their way to West Hollywood for the AIDS Walk L.A. on Sunday. The 6.2-mile route will kick off at West Hollywood Park at 9 a.m.

The money raised by AIDS Walk L.A. benefits the AIDS Project Los Angeles and other AIDS service organizations across Los Angeles County.

 "With devastating budget cuts throughout the state, the success of this year's AIDS Walk is even more critical," Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath said in a statement. She is coordinating the efforts of the city employee team this year.

"West Hollywood has just become a Let's Move City as part of first lady Michelle Obama's campaign for healthier communities, so I am particularly pleased that we can help community members in need with this inspiring walk while promoting the benefits of physical activity. It's truly a win-win for everyone," said Horvath.

Since its inception, the AIDS Walk movement has raised more than half a billion dollars nationwide.

"Twenty-six years after the first AIDS Walk event, the statistics remain startling," a city announcement read.

Half of all new HIV infections in the U.S. occur in people 25 years old or younger, according to the city. In the United States, 1 in 5 of those infected with HIV each year is unaware of his or her status. Every nine and a half minutes, someone in the United States is infected with HIV.

On Sunday, the following streets will be closed for AIDS Walk LA:

    Santa Monica Boulevard between San Vicente Boulevard and La Brea Avenue
    Melrose Avenue between La Brea Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard.

For additional information about AIDS Walk Los Angeles call 213-201-9255 or go to www.aidswalk.net/losangeles.  For information about the Let's Move! Campaign in West Hollywood, contact Horvath at 323-848-6543. For the deaf and hard of hearing, call 323-848-6496