AIDS support group set to march in Mississippi

Published 1:36 pm Tuesday, September 9, 2008

An AIDS support group is set to march from Jackson to Oxford on Sept. 13 in a demonstration it hopes will lead to a national strategy to combat the spread of the disease.

The Campaign to End AIDS group will begin the march in Jackson and end it in Oxford on Sept 23. The group says it wants to urge the federal government to establish a national strategy to deal with AIDS/HIV.

Eric Bailey, an AIDS support group member, will lead the march. He says AIDS is a public health crisis. Bailey says the march is being held in Mississippi because the group believes the state is at the center of today’s AIDS epidemic. There are 600 new cases of HIV in Mississippi each year and southern states have greater rates of HIV infection.

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