Thank you for visiting my fundraising page!
As many of you know this is a cause I hold close to my heart and I am excited that this will be my 11th year participating in AIDS WALK New York. I walk in honor of my cousin Marilyn Castillo, my best friend Luis, those still fighting and the ones that are no longer with us.
This year we have lowered our team goal from 5K to 3K and my personal goal from $2,000 to $1,500, but as always, I will try my best to raise as much as I can and surpass my personal goal. I also know that times are tough and you might not be able to donate, but if you can share that would be great! Thank you in advance! ♥️👣🕊
~ New York City Statistics
New York leads the nation in the number of new HIV cases. More than 108,000 New Yorkers are living with HIV/AIDS, and yet 20% do not know they are infected. To date, over 100,000 New Yorkers have died from
~ Gay Men/Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM)
In NYC in 2016, 55% of new HIV diagnoses were among men who have sex with men (MSM), a group that has always been heavily affected by HIV/AIDS and remains at high risk. Nationally, in 2015, MSM accounted for 67% of all new HIV infections as well as nearly half of people living with HIV. Young black MSM accounted for 45% of new HIV infections among black MSM and 55% of new HIV infections among young MSM overall.
~ Over-50 Population
In NYC, 42% of HIV-positive New Yorkers are over 50. Nationally, people aged 55 and older accounted for 19% of the estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV infection in 2010. Of the estimated new HIV infections in 2010 among Americans aged 55 and older: 36% were in white men, and 4% were in white women; 24% were in black men, and 15% were in black women; 12% were in Hispanic/Latino men, and 4% were in Hispanic/Latino women.
~ People of Color
In NYC, 77% of new HIV diagnoses and AIDS-related deaths are among African Americans and Hispanics in 2016. In the U.S., 69% of new infections were among African Americans and Hispanics in 2015.
Nationally, in 2015, about one in five new HIV infections are among youth, ages 13 to 24. Young people aged 13–24 accounted for 22% of all new HIV infections in 2015. More than 80% of all adolescent infections are among males in the U.S.