AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2021. (306468)
AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2021. Credit: AIDS Walk LA

AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2021 officially kicked off on July 7. APLA Health opens registration and fundraising for AIDS Walk LA at aidswalkla.org

APLA Health has partnered with Ongina to host the new weekly online video talk show, “The Walk Show.” Every week Ongina will “walk” participants through weekly challenges, community stories, fundraising tips and much more! She will also join ABC7’s televised “Localish LA AIDS Walk Special” airing in September. This year’s AIDS Walk LA concludes on Sunday, Oct. 3.

Ongina, a contestant on the inaugural season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” emotionally disclosed her HIV-positive status after winning a challenge on the show. Her subsequent work as a vocal HIV activist made her the choice to host “The Walk Show.”

Beyond the fun, each episode will feature firsthand accounts of how AIDS Walk fundraising efforts support the vital work of APLA Health as well as other HIV/AIDS service organizations.

Now in its 37th year, AIDS Walk Los Angeles is tied to the communities served by APLA Health. The organization has pulled together some of the most scenic, iconic and walkable places in LA County in the form of Road To Stardom challenges that AIDS Walk LA participants can complete in-person on their own or with friends, family, teams and co-workers. Follow along and learn more at aidswalkla.org/stardom

“While COVID-19 continues to prevent AIDS Walk Los Angeles from being an in-person gathering for all of our community, the purpose of the event remains unchanged,” said Craig E. Thompson, CEO of APLA Health. “In this moment of pandemic fatigue, we must be united in our efforts to end the HIV epidemic as well. Through the use of tools like PrEP and PEP, the science of Undetectable = Untransmittable, and working to ensure broad access to healthcare, we can make a real impact and create a steeper decline in the number of new HIV diagnoses in Los Angeles County.”