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      Grab a bite to eat and help in the fight against AIDS

      AIDS Alabama will host Birmingham's third annual "Dining Out for Life" on Thursday, April 26th.{} This year, 27 restaurants are taking part in the effort.

      "Dining Out for Life" gives hungry folks the chance to fill their bellies for a good cause.{} The restaurants which are a part of the event donate 25, 35, or 50% of food sales to local AIDS service organizations.{} The proceeds from Birmingham's "Dining Out for Life" will go to AIDS Alabama.

      According to a recent study by Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative, the South has 50% of the newly reported HIV infections.{} In Alabama, the new infection rate ranks 11th in the nation.

      AIDS Alabama devotes its energy and resources statewide to helping people with HIV/AIDS live healthy, independent lives.{} The organization also works to prevent the spread of the disease through education, testing, advocacy and supportive services.{} It provides housing for HIV+ individuals and their families.

      If you are interested in taking part in "Dining for Life" check out the participating restaurants at www.diningoutforlife.com/birmingham or text DOFLBIR to 30364.

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