Various events are scheduled to happen in the coming weeks that aim to either raise awareness on the pandemic that is HIV/AIDS or to move forward with several studies with the ultimate goal of finally devising a vaccine against it.
The spectrum of conditions that continue to be on global consciousness has had some significant developments over the last couple of years. Chalk it up to the unwavering passion of advocates as well as a more effective way of disseminating information. Nevertheless, the stigma from the illness is still very much obvious.
In light of this situation, HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health (ARCH) is back for their annual walk in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The event’s goal is to banish the trepidation from having the infection on top of raising funds for research.
“People just believe it is a disease that will kill you and that it is associated with certain marginalized communities, such as men who have sex with men,” Tom Hammond, executive director of the organization, explained their cause to Guelph Today.
The event will take place in Riverside Park on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 3 p.m. ET.
“Everyone is welcome to come out,” Hammond added. “And obviously it is in support of the work we do here in the community. A lot of our programs are underfunded, so any proceeds we do raise go to programs and services that directly affect people with HIV and AIDS.”
Speaking of research, in Ohio, the University of Toledo’s Ryan White Program is looking for volunteers to partake in the “Healthy Relationships 2016” study. It aims to know more about the stress from coming out and admitting to other people that one is infected with the virus. On top of that, it will also shed light on effective ways to convey safe sex education.
There will be various steps in the program which will take place at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1201 Madison Ave., on Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. A succeeding batch will follow on Nov. 10 at the same time but at the United Way building, 424 Jackson St. For those who are interested to learn more, they can call 419-383-4072 and look for Richard Meeker or send him an email via [email protected]