'Getting to zero': AIDS Walk Philly's goal for 2021 event

Organizers' aim is to end infections, death and stigma over HIV

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For 35 years, AIDS Walk Philly has been raising awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS services in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

Sign-up efforts are underway for its biggest fundraiser of the year.

The 35th AIDS Walk Philly takes place on Sunday, October 17.

Displays about AIDS Walk Philly 2021.
Displays about AIDS Walk Philly 2021. Photo credit John McDevitt/KYW Newsradio

Funds raised help provide emergency financial assistance to people living with HIV in the Greater Philadelphia region.

“A quarter of new infections are occurring in young people under the age of 25, so we need to make sure to continue to get the message out that HIV is a serious issue In our community," said AIDS Fund Executive Director Robb Reichard, who kicked off the walk's awareness and signup effort in Rittenhouse Square.

"We’ve made tremendous strides. We are now talking about getting to zero. Zero infections. Zero deaths and zero stigma, but we need to continue to raise awareness