The Walk and Run
AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run is the Southeast’s largest community fundraiser and awareness event for HIV/AIDS, benefiting AID Atlanta & 9 other local HIV/AIDS service providers.
Over its history, more than 310,000 people have participated in AWA5K, raising $41M for HIV/AIDS prevention and care, saving countless lives and improving the well-being of thousands still living with HIV/AIDS today. This year, we expect thousands of people to join us. AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run continues until the epidemic ends.
AID Atlanta produces AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run, and is a leader in HIV prevention, education, and outreach. Our 3-5% positivity rate exceeds the 1% national average, which means that we are consistently reaching those who are at highest risk. Providing services to people living with a diagnosis of HIV in GA, we reach thousands more with prevention and wellness services; those services include HIV counseling & testing; access to prevention tools (e.g. condoms, safer sex kits), including PrEP; primary medical care and referrals; pharmacy access; case management; housing and rental assistance; mental health counseling; and peer support. AID Atlanta provides targeted outreach to those most vulnerable to HIV infection: Black and Latina women, gay and bisexual men, transgender women, injection drug users, and young people. We advocate for public policies that support the fight against AIDS, and for public funding of treatment, prevention, and care.
Learn more about AID Atlanta at www.aidatlanta.org.
The Epidemic in Georgia
In 2016 (the last year for which statistics are available), Georgia was ranked second in the nation for total number of adults and adolescents diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
60% of these new HIV infections came from Dekalb and Fulton Counties. Atlanta ranks number 5 as a city in number of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses.
Sixty-seven percent of new diagnoses of HIV infection in Georgia were among African Americans.
A Special note about gender catagories and registration: AID Atlanta, AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run, works to be inclusive and welcoming in all of our operations; however, the USA Track and Field Association requires runners to identify as male or female in order to use participation in road races as a qualifier for future races. As AWA5K is a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race we ask all participants to select the gender where they are their most authentic self.
**All of the funds raised by AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run support the programs and services provided by AID Atlanta and our local ASO partners in our community.**
**AID Atlanta produces this fundraising and awareness campaign and invites other 501(c)(3) AIDS service and prevention organizations to participate.**