Coronavirus concerns impact Central Florida and Tampa Bay

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An estimated 60,000 people filled the streets of Ybor City for Tampa Pride last year, celebrating Tampa Bay’s growing LGBTQ community. It’s a record that organizers were expecting to break this year until March 12, when they postponed their sixth annual outing originally scheduled for March 28.

Since Tampa Pride’s return to Hillsborough County in 2015, attendees, vendors, parade participants and community sponsors have grown year after year. Its expansion is made possible by its supporters, Tampa Pride President Carrie West says.

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Hope & Help postpones AIDS Walk Orlando 2020

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Hope & Help announced March 13 they will be postponing the 2020 AIDS Walk Orlando due to the ongoing developments concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our number one priority is our staff, patients, clients, volunteers, donors and community’s health and well-being,” said Lisa Barr, Hope & Help’s executive director, in a statement. “We remain committed to taking swift, appropriate actions to protect those that need us and support our mission. We are very sorry to postpone this important event, but know the community understands our position.”

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Hope & Help announces AIDS Walk Orlando 2020 date, to host open house

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ABOVE: Hope & Help’s Re-Start group walks in the AIDS Walk Orlando at Lake Eola Park in 2018. (Photo by Maia Monet)

Hope & Help is kicking the new year off with the announcement of the date for its 2020 AIDS Walk Orlando.

The not-for-profit health center — which offers HIV/STD/HEP C testing, treatment and primary medical care — announced Jan. 6 that the 2020 AIDS Walk Orlando will be on Saturday, April 18 starting at 8:30 a.m.

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AIDS Walk Orlando raises over $52K for Hope & Help

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ORLANDO | More than 400 walkers gathered at the Walt Disney Amphitheatre at Lake Eola Park in Orlando April 27, helping raise over $52,000 for Hope & Help’s 29th annual AIDS Walk.

AIDS Walk Orlando was moved back to the morning hours after two years as an evening walk around Lake Eola, kicking off at 7:30 a.m. with registration and guest speakers at the amphitheater. Speakers included City Commissioner Patty Sheehan and Hope & Help’s community developmental director Joshua Myers, also the AIDS Walk Orlando event director.

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Orlando AIDS Walk raises $121,000 for Hope & Help Center

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The Orlando AIDS Walk marched around Lake Eola for its 20th year to raise money for the Hope & Help Center on March 28.

The two mile walk, a fundraiser for HIV treatment and prevention in Central Florida, brought in more than $121,000 and 1,400 walkers according to Kristine Iverson, director of development and marketing for the Hope and Help Center.

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Hope and Help Center to celebrate 20 years of AIDS Walk Orlando

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Orlando – The Hope and Help Center of Central Florida is raising funds and awareness for the 20th year in a row via the Orlando AIDS Walk at Lake Eola on March 28.

Kristine Iverson, director of development and marketing for the Hope and Help Center, said the organization has been highlighting why participants will be walking this year.

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AIDS Walk Orlando needs a boost

By : Andrew Ramos
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A week and a half away from AIDS Walk Orlando and there are just over 600 walkers singed up, down from 1200 walkers in 2014.

That’s according to Kristine Iverson, director of development and marketing for the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, Inc.

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9.12.13 Editor’s Desk

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SteveBlanchardHeadshotSitting in a comfortable, air-conditioned office and speaking with someone I’ve known for years did very little to distract me from the white strip of felt sitting just feet away and soaking in a clear solution. I knew if that white strip changed color, my life would change dramatically – I would be “reactive,” or in other words, HIV-positive.

While a positive test is not a death sentence, awaiting the results of an HIV test is terrifying. No matter how many times I get tested or how low-risk I think I may be, waiting for the results can be gut-wrenching and I can understand why people would avoid that stress. I know people who have to get their nerve up to simply walk into an office or a mobile testing unit to submit to the test. I am one of those people – it’s a tough thing to do.

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