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Aids Walk Atlanta & 5K Run
October 16, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
As part of Extraordinary League NPO’s Health initiative, this health event will serve as an opportunity to raise awareness about HIV and Aids and to continue to support the efforts to improve quality of life and find a cure for those patients with the disease.Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus affecting the immune system, characterized by the virus destroying those cells that fight against disease and infection. The decreased immune system that results increases the development of opportunistic infections in patients with the virus, and if not caught early and treated can cause the virus to progress to AIDS.
Primary modes of transmission include through sexual contact, sharing needles, and through blood transfusions. Symptoms of infection with the condition usually manifest as flu-like symptoms initially which can last from a few days to weeks.
There is currently no cure for HIV/AIDS. The goal of treatment is to decrease the viral load of patients infected. While there is no cure, the condition can be controlled through medication, thereby decreasing viral load, decreasing the number of opportunistic infections, and prolonging lifespan. The cost of medication for a single patient usually ranges from $5,000 to 8,000 dollars per bottle of medication; and patients are usually on a regimen consisting of upwards of three or four medications.
This event will prove to show that The Extraordinary League supports research for a cure for HIV/AIDS and is another opportunity for the organization to continue to make a difference in the lives of others.
The Extraordinary League will create and register a team for the event. We will purchase t-shirts to be worn on the day of the event and will use them as an opportunity to fundraise to support the cause. All funds raised this year will go to support research and a cure for this condition.