“… a strange illness of unknown origin …” 
—Jacques Leibovitch, clinical immunologist, 1984

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the emergence of HIV and AIDS and the intense public health, scientific, and political responses that followed.

It is also the 15th anniversary of AIDS Walk Charlotte. Join me this morning in Charlotte’s fourth ward for the event that is the largest HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising event in the Carolinas. More than 1,500 of our neighbors will walk to show our commitment and compassion for those impacted by HIV and AIDS.

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS is to get tested.  In a show of support and in an effort to draw attention to the importance and simplicity of getting tested, I’ll take an HIV/AIDS test this morning at AIDS Walk Charlotte.  Know your status.  Get tested.  We’ll be at the Gateway Village Atrium.  The two-mile walk starts at 10:00am.

If you can’t make it today, you can make a $10 donation by texting “RAIN” to 27722.  Your donation will go to support the work of the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network.