Associated Press (10.19.03) - Monday, October 20, 2003
More than 25,000 participants turned out in West Hollywood
Sunday for the 19th Los Angeles AIDS Walk, raising nearly $2.5
million. AIDS has claimed 28,000 lives in Los Angeles County,
and about 54,000 people there live with HIV/AIDS, according to
AIDS Project Los Angeles, which receives the walk proceeds.
Organizers and participants said they were glad to see many
participants from high schools and universities at this year's
event because this meant HIV prevention awareness was reaching
young people. "Part of the problem is prevention education.
When teams organize from schools, we know that it's reaching
them," said Justin Burke, APLA spokesperson.