Washington D.C.(WUSA9) -Runners and walkersmay join inthe fight against HIV/AIDS, an illness that has a major impact oncommunities of color.

Black women represent 92% of all women living with HIV, according to Tiffany Gilliard, the Chief External Affairs Officer at Whitman-Walker Health.

The Whitman-Walker Health prepares to host their 27th AIDS Walk to raise money for HIV/AIDS research and support the community on Saturday, Oct. 26th.

New HIV infections has decreased 40% in the DC Metropolitan area,Gilliard said citing the DC Department of Health.

Still, the community needs to continue to face the facts, she said.

1 in 3 gay orbisexual black men live with HIV.

Nearly 3%of Latino men livewith HIV.

The 5K run will begin at 9:15 a.m. The walk starts at 9:30 a.m.,at Freedom Plaza located at Pennsylvania Ave. and 13th St. NW.

The event will close with live music performances for all participants to enjoy.

Registration fee is $25 for the walk, $45 for the run, and the discounted rate for students and seniors is $15.

Donorsmaymake a contributionregardless if they may attend the event.

Same day registration will be available also. To get more information about the event, visit theWhitman-Walker Aids Walk website. Register as an individual, with a few friends or the entire family and take a few steps to end HIV.

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