"Dining Out for Life" raising money for local HIV/AIDS patients - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

"Dining Out for Life" raising money for local HIV/AIDS patients

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

There are more than 1,000 people in Southwest Louisiana infected with HIV. The crisis is that only half of them are receiving medical treatment.

That means the virus can continue to spread and those desperately in need of medication are not getting it. The Southwest Louisiana AIDS Council (SLAC) provides case management services to those living with an HIV diagnosis - something that impacts much more than their health, according to Christina Duhon with SLAC. "We help them with housing, help them with their medical assistance," she says, "as far as helping them get their medical prescriptions, transportation back and forth to the hospital."

Counselors for substance abuse and mental health are also available, all thanks to this non-profit group. It takes money to fund those services, though, and that is where "Dining Out for Life" comes in on Thursday, April 25. It is a chance to pull up to the table of great area restaurants while helping HIV/AIDS patients. "It's as easy as dining out," says Duhon, "you pick a restaurant that is on our list of participants and they already know that anyone who comes through the door that day for takeout or dining in."

Participating restaurants donate a minimum of 25 percent of their sales for the day, up to 50 percent, all back to SLAC. The money stays local to serve HIV/AIDS patients in the five parish area. 

Check out the full list of the 20-plus restaurants by clicking here.

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