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28th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles gets underway Sunday morning

October 14, 2012 |  8:48 am

The 28th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles — estimated to draw some 30,000 participants — will get underway Sunday morning with scheduled speeches by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang.

The politicians will address “the current HIV/AIDS crisis in Los Angeles County” among other topics, according to a news release from AIDS Walk L.A.

The group notes that more than 60,000 people are currently living with the disease and that an average of seven Angelenos are infected with HIV each day.

The walk begins and ends at West Hollywood Park, at San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. The walk, which aims to raise money for education and prevention of the spread of the disease, begins at 10 a.m. Dozens of celebrities and politicians are expected to attend and speeches will be beforehand.

AIDS Walk L.A. recently earned headlines over an issue that has less to do with walking and a lot more to do with buses.

The founder of AIDS WALK L.A., Craig Miller, sued the city of Santa Monica last month because the city made a ruling prohibiting the group’s ads on its Big Blue Bus system, a move apparently intended to protect the system from turning into a “public forum” in which officials fear they would lose control of content.

The system had been running the ads for several years.

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