South Floridians walk to fight AIDS

Published On: Mar 24 2013 08:34:10 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 24 2013 09:16:46 AM EDT

The 8th Annual Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival is being held Sunday at Fort Lauderdale's South Beach Park.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is hosting the event, which will benefit non-profits catering to patients in South Florida.

According to the Florida Department of Health, there are more than 4,500 new HIV infections in the state every year, and an estimated 135,000 Floridians are currently living with HIV.

"South Florida is a fun, vibrant region with a thriving and empowered community, but the state still ranks third in HIV/AIDS infections.  The need to raise awareness and funds to fight the disease must remain a high priority," said Michael Weinstein, President of AHF. "We are very proud to once again support the Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival to help the tireless organizations who assist those living with HIV in so many important ways."

Chaka Khan is headlining this year's event which will run until 3:30 p.m.

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