Cape Girardeau's First "World AIDS Day Walk"

Cape Girardeau's First "World AIDS Day Walk"
By: Ryan Tate
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. --About 50 students at Southeast Missouri State University took part in a "World AIDS Day Walk" through campus and along the streets of Cape Girardeau Wednesday Night. Organizers believe the "walk" helped bring attention to a virus and disease that most people forget about.
"It's a topic around the community that has not been talked about, and it's been ignored," Organizer William Washington said.
"I don't think it's talked about at all," Sarah Laster said.
The group lit candles across the street from Capaha Park, then walked down Broadway to the the Mississippi River. Organizers believe that most college students do not talk enough about the threat of H.I.V. or AIDS.
"It's not really spoken about. I think because it's taboo," Washington said.
According to numbers compiled by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, from 1982 to 2005, there have been 132 cases of H.I.V. in the Southeast Region of Missouri.  During that time, there have been 289 cases of AIDS.  In the last ten year, the highest number of cases came from 1998, when doctors diagnosed 29 news cases of H.I.V. The lowest number came in 2004, when doctors diagnosed just 11 cases.
"World AIDS Days" is scheduled for Friday.