Nevada has an alarming number of reported AIDS cases, according to a report released Monday from the Nevada State Health Division.
The report says that in 2007, Nevada ranked 24th nationally for the number of cumulative reported AIDS cases. There were about 8,000 reported cases of HIV and AIDS in Nevada in 2008. Nearly 10% of those people are living in Washoe County.
Recent numbers show that in 2007, there were 427 newly diagnosed HIV infections in Nevada, with about 8.2% of those reported in Washoe County.
In response to the startling numbers, the state is taking preventative measures including testing, education, and patient care. The state hopes these measures prevent future infections, and help those living with the disease.
Officials say that funding for AIDS/HIV causes is expensive and challenging. Events like the AIDS Walk help to raise money for these causes.
The 2009 AIDS Walk at the Sparks Marina is slated for Saturday, August 22nd. The event begins with a 4 mile walk at 9 am, then a 2 mile walk at 9:30 am, with registration beginning at 7:30 am.
The walk is sponsored by Harrah’s, Wells Fargo, Sam’s Club, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada, Strictly Diversified, and Divas Walking.