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Duane Reade steps up in fight against AIDS.

NEW YORK -- The Duane Reade Charitable Foundation has donated $100,000 as a Premier-level sponsor of AIDS Walk New York (AWNY), doubling its support from last year.

AWNY raises funds for Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) and 50 other AIDS service organizations in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut region.

Being "uniquely New York," Duane Reade understands the needs of city residents and staves to give back to the community in meaningful ways, according to company executives.

As such, the chain was pleased to support AWNY for the third straight year and join in its efforts to promote awareness and prevention of the spread of HIV in New York City, the executives say.

Besides sponsoring AWNY, held on May 17, Duane Reade this month began providing free, confidential, on-the-spot HIV testing in several neighborhoods and locations throughout the metropolitan area.

"We are immensely grateful for Duane Reade's outstanding support of AIDS Walk New York and our partnership in expanding HIV testing throughout the boroughs," comments Marjorie Hill, the chief executive officer of GMHC.

"Having a trusted family friend like Duane Reade as a partner helps us to continue breaking through the barriers associated with HIV testing, such as stigma, fear and lack of access to care," she says. "With their ongoing help, we will continue to find the one of four HIV-positive New Yorkers who are unaware of their HIV status and provide them with the information and care they need."

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Title Annotation:NEWS IN DEPTH: DUANE READE: UNIQUELY NEW YORK; Duane Reade Charitable Foundation
Publication:Chain Drug Review
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Jun 8, 2009
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