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Oct 13, 2013 8:03 PM by Erika Flores

Over 600 participate in AIDS Walk

TUCSON-Over 600 people filled the streets of downtown Tucson for the AIDS walk.

They were raising money to help provide medications assistance, food programs, case management, housing, prevention programs and HIV testing through the Southern Arizona Aids Foundation.

Many are walked in memory of a loved one.

"He was a wonderful man, and he passed away," said Janet Munson.

Some walked for friends who are still struggling with the illness.

"It can be really tough. There's just a huge negative stigma," said Lucas Panlusos.

Others walked for their own battle.

"The first 11 years I had to hide it because if anyone knew you had it, it was automatically a gay thing," said Leslee Ferguson who is HIV positive.

Ferguson has been HIV positive for 26 years.

He said he got the virus from IV drug use.

He's now an advocate for HIV and AIDS and promotes safe sex, so does Timothy Shirley who said he's been HIV positive for 33 years.

"Just be safe. Practice safe sex," said Shirley.

For more information on the Southern Arizona Aids Foundation click here:
http://saaf.org/

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