We’ve come a long way in addressing HIV/AIDS over the years, however the fight is far from over. Today, the health of our community is at-risk, with the care of those most vulnerable among us being threatened as a result of looming state budget cuts to HIV services, as well as mounting threats to federal healthcare funding.
On June 3, 2018, thousands will come together to take action in the 33rd annual AIDS Walk & Run Boston, New England’s largest HIV/AIDS fundraising awareness event. This year in particular, we take to the streets to continue raising money for the life-saving work of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, as well as to support AAC and all members of the statewide Getting to Zero Coalition in its pledge to end HIV by 2020.
Join us as we take the streets to end HIV/AIDS in Mass!
As the leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts, AIDS Action Committee has played a critical role in addressing the epidemic through its life-saving prevention and wellness services since 1983.
Now, with the introduction of its Getting to Zero Coalition in 2016, AAC and 34 other community-based organizations and health centers, are working to eliminate transmission of HIV statewide once and for all. Such efforts, however, require significant financial investment. In light of potential state and federal budget cuts, AAC and the Getting to Zero coalition needs our help, now more than ever, to continue their good work and to ensure that everyone in our community has the basic right to live happy and healthy lives!
Through your support, AIDS Action Committee, along with the larger Getting to Zero Coalition, can continue to deliver critical services to ensure that, as outlined in the Paris Declaration on Fast-Track Cities Initiative, signed by Mayor Marty Walsh in August:
- 90 percent of Boston residents living with HIV are aware of their status;
- 90 percent of those diagnosed with HIV receive treatment with antiretroviral therapy;
- And 90 percent of those in treatment achieve “viral suppression” – a state of health from which it is nearly impossible to transmit HIV to another person.
Now more than ever, we need our community to take to the streets to show support for people living with HIV!