By Lindiwe Vilakazi
Saturday, October 22, Whitman Walker and their supporting sponsors will “Walk to End HIV” with ward 8 community members in the hope of bringing awareness, resources, and preventative measures to those residents facing greater risk of HIV transmission, while in support of those who face daily life battling the virus.
The leading HIV clinic in Washington, DC, supports a longstanding legacy of providing medical treatment and maintenance for District residents affected with the viral disease. Whitman Walker will hold the community walk on the grounds of their upcoming 118,000 square foot health care facility on the St. Elizabeths East Campus, slated to open in 2023.
“It’s a great opportunity for folks that have been curious about what this new building is going to be or folks that aren’t familiar with who we are yet. This is a great opportunity for them to come to get information, access to resources, and to kind of just see the building being developed in real-time,” said Dwight Venson, External Affairs & Community Coordinator of Whitman Walker.
The clinic’s second health facility is projected to serve an estimated 10,000 additional community members, extending the clinic’s standard services from the Max Robinson Center in Anacostia with an expansion of women’s health, and youth services, as well as a wide array of community resources able to address varying concerns including STI/HIV, LGBTQIA issues, and more.