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This October I am running the Steamtown marathon to raise awareness and funds for HIV Education and Prevention in the HudsonValley.
As many of you may know, I work for ARCS, which is a non-profit HIV/AIDS services organization that has offices in seven counties in the HudsonValley. Since the budget crisis began in 2008, ARCS has lost several education and prevention programs and actually it’s about $1.1 million now due to recession-based cutbacks.
Every nonprofit is hurting, yes its true. However, HIV infection is 100% preventable, but growing among our neighbors.
One of largest growing populations of new HIV infections in our region (yes, HUDSONVALLEY) is among women of child bearing age. I have the surveillance data to back-up that claim. This means that women are being infected with HIV because they do not know enough to protect themselves or they don’t have the means to do so.
Cost analysis studies show, that the cost to prevent an HIV infection is about $50.00 and the cost of treating an infection is about $600,000 over a lifetime. Providing education and prevention alternatives to our neighbors is of the utmost importance during this time of economic hardship when many women are not able to support themselves.
This year, I am asking that you consider donating to ARCS to help prevent the spread of HIV among our neighbors.