Times and Democrat (Orangeburg) (11.27.12)
Organizers of the 2012 AIDS Walk scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon on December 1 at Edisto Memorial Gardens, in Orangeburg, S.C., hope to raise awareness about the high rate of HIV/AIDS infections in the tri-county area. Shiheda Furse, organizer of the event and prevention coordinator at HopeHealth, noted that “HIV and AIDS are not diseases that are going away anytime soon, so we want more people to be educated about it.” She added that this year’s walk is focusing on attendance and awareness. According to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Surveillance Report, through December 2011, the Edisto-Savannah Public Health District, Region 5, reported a total of 1,170 HIV/AIDS cases with a rate of 370 cases per 100,000 individuals. Registration and warm-up for the walk will begin at 9 a.m. The event will end at Memorial Plaza, where light refreshments will be served. All participants will receive a 2012 AIDS Walk t-shirt. For more information about HopeHealth’s services or the walk, call (803)535-2272 or visit SCAIDSWALK.com.