On Sunday, October 17, thousands will take to the streets for the 26th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles. The event will benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) — and 20 other important AIDS service organizations across L.A. County. Register today.

Just days ago, news broke that 1 in 5 gay men is now living with HIV in metropolitan areas nationwide — and nearly half do not know they are infected.

These numbers, while disturbing, are not unexpected. We must increase our investment in HIV prevention education that targets those at greatest risk.

But remember: Since the 2009 budget cuts, California’s HIV prevention budget remains zero.

That’s why we’re counting on you. As an AIDS Walk Los Angeles participant, you are a crucial source of support for vital APLA programs that offer life-sustaining care — like food, dental care, housing help and much more — to Angelenos living with HIV/AIDS. And you power our HIV prevention and advocacy programs that seek to stop HIV in its tracks.

Sign up now individually or as a team with friends, family, classmates and colleagues.

For more information or to register now, visit aidswalk.net or call 213.201.WALK (9255).