Valley AIDS Network Hosts Benefit Concert

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- People who are part of The Valley AIDS Network could soon have more funding for services. The network hosted a benefit at the James Madison University Forbes Center for the Performing Arts. The night featured the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, D.C. along with other groups.

Valley AIDS Network workers hope the event will raise thousands of dollars. Due to national and local cuts, they are losing thousands of dollars in funding.

This performance will help the network continue to provide services. Services include HIV case management. and financial assistance with medical and personal bills. In the past, the performance has raised $4,000 to $5,000. Workers say the key to helping others is stopping the stigma behind HIV and AIDS.

"There just needs to be more education, it needs to be something that we can talk about without the fear and the stigma surrounding it. I think it's just still a taboo topic even though we're 30 years into knowing about the virus," said Alexandra Dehavilland, the Executive Director with the Valley AIDS Network.

The network also does presentations and workers say there is still a lot of misinformation about AIDS and HIV.


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