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Over 200 participants gather for 19th annual Southern Illinois AIDS Walk

The Cureraders, from Church of the Good Shepard, lead the 19th Annual Southern Illinois Aids Walk last year in Carbondale.

The Southern Illinois AIDS Walk begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Newman Center, 715 S. Washington St., on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

A registration and health fair begin at 10 a.m., and free HIV testing will be provided at the walk.

Dr. Ricardo Postigo, an infectious disease specialist at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, will be the featured speaker at the walk. He will speak at 10:30 a.m. about HIV and AIDS in Southern Illinois.

Staff from HIV Care Connect will also be accepting donations of daily personal hygiene and household cleaning supplies, such as hair shampoo and conditioner, toilet paper, paper towels, deodorant, laundry detergent, bath soap, bleach, dish soap, trash bags, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, shaving cream, tampons or pads, Kleenex, sandwich bags and Clorox wipes. These items can be dropped off at the Newman Center through April 4.

For more information about the AIDS Walk, call Wally Paynter at 812-480-0204 or via email at wallypaynter@aol.com. Interested people can also visit the Southern Illinois AIDS Coalition on its Facebook page.

— Stephanie Esters

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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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