HIV/AIDS isn’t something that gets in the news much anymore.

With the New Jersey AIDS Walk coming up on Sunday, May 7 in Atlantic City, this seems like a good time for a quick refresher on this pandemic.

Join Eddie Davis and Lite Rock 96.9 WFPG for this year’s Walk, starting at the Hard Rock Cafe, Pennsylvania Avenue on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Registration is from 11:30am to 1pm. The Walk starts at 1pm.

See more details and sign up to walk or donate to the South Jersey AIDS Alliance.

There will be a photo booth, music, information booths, fun prizes for the teams and individuals who raised the most money and grab bags and T-shirts for those who donate.

Even with the advances we’ve made fighting the virus over the years, America is still facing a major ongoing HIV epidemic, with around 50,000 new infections per year.

Stigma and discrimination continue to hamper people’s access to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services, fueling the cycle of new infections.

New Jersey ranks among the top ten states with the highest rate of HIV infection in the country.

Since its discovery in 1981, HIV/AIDS has killed more than 25 million people. If left untreated, HIV gradually weakens the body’s immune system, usually over a period of up to 10 years after infection.

There are currently around 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States with 16 percent unaware of their infection. Since the beginning of the HIV and AIDS epidemic, 600,000 people have died of AIDS-related illnesses in America.

Please join Lite Rock 96.9 WFPG and the South Jersey AIDS Alliance creating awareness, raising money and spreading hope for an AIDS free generation by participating in this year’s AIDS Walk on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

See more details and sign up to walk or donate to the South Jersey AIDS Alliance.