Southern Illinois AIDS Walk to be held Saturday March 25

Published: Mar. 23, 2017 at 8:25 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM CDT
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Dr. Ricardo Postigo, MD
Dr. Ricardo Postigo, MD

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The Southern Illinois AIDS Walk will be held on Saturday, March 25 at 11 a.m. at the SIUC Newman Center, located at 715 S. Washington Street in Carbondale, Illinois.

Registration and a health fair will begin at 10 a.m.

Free HIV testing will be provided at the walk. HIV Care Connect will also be there, seeking donations of daily personal hygiene and household cleaning supplies.

HIV Care Connect, located at the Jackson County Health Department, assists HIV+ clients in the lower 19 counties. Among the needed items are: shampoo, toilet paper, conditioner, paper towels, deodorant, laundry detergent, bath soap, bleach, dish soap, trash bags, toothpaste, razors, toothbrush, shaving cream, tampons or pads, Kleenex, sandwich bags and Clorox wipes. These items can be dropped off at the Newman Center now through April 4.

The featured speaker at the walk will be Dr. Ricardo Postigo, MD, an Infectious Disease Specialist at the Heartland Regional Medical Center of Marion. He will speak to the crowd at 10:30 a.m about HIV and AIDS in southern Illinois.

Donations can be made online at or sent to AIDS Walk c/o Wally Paynter, 908 Oak Street Apt. B, Carmi, IL 62821.

All proceeds will benefit the Southern Illinois AIDS Holiday Project, which purchases gifts and gift cards for low-income households impacted by HIV/AIDS in the 19 southern-most counties of Illinois.

For more information about the AIDS Walk, contact Wally Paynter at 812-480-0204,, or LIKE the Southern Illinois AIDS Coalition on Facebook.

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