2021 DAP Health Desert AIDS Walk returns in person to Palm Springs
After going virtual last year, the DAP Health Desert AIDS Walk will return in person on Saturday, October 30 at Ruth Hardy Park and follow a route through downtown Palm Springs.
The event includes a health and wellness festival presented by Walgreens.
The event comes as Coachella Valley experiences an increase in sexually transmitted infections.
DAP Health is at the forefront of this alarming trend.
CJ Tobe, director of community health and sexual wellness at DAP Health, said “We have continued to see an increase in STIs thanks to the COVID pandemic, but even more specifically in the last 6 months we have found a significant increase in syphilis and gonorrhea. “
Riverside County Health said the trend has been steadily worsening since 2019.
Lea Morgan, head of the HIV / STD Public Health Branch of the Riverside University Health System, said “generally it’s our population aged 35 and under where we see the highest rates. ”
The Coachella Valley is no exception to this increase.
“Last month in particular, we saw the highest rate of syphilis infection we’ve seen in the past 3 years,” says CJ Tobe, director of community health and sexual well-being at DAP. Health.
DAP Health strives to fight this trend by offering free services to everyone in its Orange Clinic.
Tobe said sexual wellness patients can access “HIV, STI testing and treatment, and preparedness and preparedness services.” “
These services are made possible, in large part, through fundraising, and “events like the Desert AIDS Walk fund go directly to these free services,” Tobe said.
The walk starts at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Registration opens at 7:00 p.m.
If you would like to register to participate in the Desert AIDS Walk, visit the organization’s website.
If you don’t want to walk, DAP Health encourages supporters to donate to their cause directly through its website.
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