More than 30,000 people participated in the 27th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles. The event raises money for AIDS Project Los Angeles and related service organizations. This year’s event raised more than $3 million.
This year marks 30 years since the AIDS virus was reported in five young gay men in Los Angeles. Over the years, more than 32,000 people have died of the disease in the county, according to health officials. Another 63,000 area residents live with HIV or AIDS.
One of the themes of the walk was “30 Years Of AIDS Is Enough,” referring to this year’s 30th anniversary of the release by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the first study of the severity of what would become the AIDS epidemic, based on research that focused on five men in Los Angeles who contracted a rare type of pneumonia with no apparent cause.
Celebrities and notable figures at today’s event included Drew Carey (“The Price Is Right”), Raquel Castaneda (“The Real L Word”), Barrett Foa (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Conchata Ferrell (“Two and a Half Men”), Dot Marie Jones (“Glee”), television host Carson Kressley (current contestant on “Dancing with the Stars”), Mike Manning (Real World: D.C.).
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