ALBANY, N.Y. -- Hundreds of people participated in the 17th annual AIDS Walk in Washington Park on Saturday.
The walk was an effort to support AIDS and HIV awareness, early detection, and raise money for local AIDS programs.
The Capital Region has a high number of people living with AIDS and HIV in comparison to other regions around New York and the United States. According to organizers, the money raised at the walk will benefit the community.
"And those funds stay locally. They stay right here in our region, helping our neighbors, helping our family members, helping people that we know personally to have a better quality of life, but also prevent new HIV infections in our community," said Perry Junjulas, Albany Damien Center Executive Director.
These programs are funded by The Community AIDS Partnership of the Capital Region.