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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
MICHIGAN: AIDS Walk Focuses on Need for Funding
Mike Wilkinson
September 18, 2007
Detroit News (09.17.07) - Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Sunday's AIDS Walk Detroit was anticipated to attract 4,002 people and raise $300,000. "It used to be just about raising money [for patient care]," said Charlotte Paul, executive director of Steppin' Out, which has produced the walk since 1991. "Now we're here to educate people about [HIV/AIDS]." Organizers worry in particular about the impact of the disease on the black community, which they said accounts for 60 percent of new HIV infections. Lewis Hickson, executive director of Community Health Outreach Workers Inc., is hopeful that his group's program to enlist church leaders in the fight against AIDS will prove successful. "I think that it could make a significant impact," Hickson said.