BALDWINSVILLE, NY (WSYR-TV) - It is an anniversary to mark, but not to celebrate. 30 years ago Saturday the first medical article about a disease eventually known as AIDS was published.
Since then, more than 60-million people around the world have been diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. And of those, 25-million people have died as there is no cure.
To help increase awareness, AIDS Community Resources held its annual AIDS Walk/Run Sunday morning at Beaver Lake Nature Center.
Funds raised benefit ACR’s youth HIV prevention programs and support services.
One of the top fundraisers this year put together a team of 26 people. One member of that team raised $5,500.
“Quite a few people over $2000, but you know on my team I don’t care if its $50 you know. Join in the fun. Join in the effort. It’s a great way to come out to support this,” said team leader Dave Mevoli.
The agency says there has been a recent spike in HIV infections among people younger than 25 years-old in Central New York.
According to ACR, there have been 41 people diagnosed with HIV between the ages of 13 and 24 in Onondaga County in the last 5 years.