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Lace Up Oct. 6 for AIDS Walk  

Lace up for the upcoming Robert J. Fass Memorial AIDS Walk Central Ohio. On Oct. 6, volunteers, donors, and walkers will come together to raise money and awareness to combat HIV/AIDS. Proceeds will go to participating AIDS service organizations working to provide better education, prevention, and medical assistance to individuals affected by the pandemic. The Medical Center and College of Medicine are Presenting Red Ribbon Sponsors of the AIDS Walk.
The AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (ACTU) at Ohio State conducts NIH- and other sponsored research for the complications and treatment of HIV/AIDS.  The ACTU consists of an expert, interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and staff dedicated to finding new discoveries in the treatment of HIV/AIDS and ultimately a cure.  Susan L. Koletar, MD, director of the Division of Infectious Diseases and is the principal investigator of the ACTU who oversees the team.
Ohio State has been a long-time distinguished provider to individuals living with HIV/AIDS.  Fass began his distinguished career at the Ohio State in 1967 and was the director of the Division of Infectious Diseases from 1987 until 2002. He was also the original principal investigator of the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit during this time and an avid supporter of the AIDSWalk and other events promoting awareness about HIV/AIDS.  After his death in 2002, the AIDSWalk Central Ohio committee renamed the walk in his memory. 
This year, the AIDSWalk not only honors the memory of an esteemed faculty member who did so much for the Medical Center and the patients living with HIV/AIDS, it also honors Michael McDonald, a staff member, colleague and friend of the ACTU. Michael passed away in February 2012 due to complications related to HIV/AIDS. 
For more information about ACTU or participating in the Central Ohio AIDS Walk 2012, contact David Andrist, Todd Shawler or call 293-8112.
Join the OSU Wexner Medical Center Team
Since the AIDS Walk began, there has been great progress in treating and preventing the spread of HIV. Yet, even with tests that provide results in just a few minutes, one-fifth of all HIV-positive Americans are unaware they are infected. In central Ohio, a new infection occurs every 22 hours – among the highest rates in the nation. Most of these new infections occur among youth ages 13-24.
The participating AIDS service organizations that benefit from AIDS Walk are at the forefront of providing services to meet the needs of HIV positive individuals in central Ohio. Join us in the fight against this disease. Register to walk as an OSU Wexner Medical Center team member.
Contact Stephen Boyd, team captain with questions.



Posted on 1-Oct-12 by Geier, Eric
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