FT. LAUDERDALE (CBS4.com) – Thousands of people walked on the first day of Spring Sunday to help make it clear AIDS and HIV is still a problem in Florida, which has one of the highest rates of HIV in the nation.

The people, including large numbers from South Florida’s GLBT community, took part in the annual AIDS walk in Ft. Lauderdale.

READ MORE: Miami Weather: Grab Your Umbrella, The Rain Returns To South Florida

READ MORE: Hollywood Police Looking For Possible Witnesses To Fatal Shooting Of Officer Yandy Chirino

The 10K walk raised money for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which helps those do don’t have the funds to pay for the medication that can keep AIDS/HIV patients alive, or improve their quality of life.

New medications have made great strides in the treatment and life extension of AIDS/HIV patients, but advances come with a pricetag not all can afford to pay.

MORE NEWS: Taste Of The Town: Forte By Chef Adrianne Connects People With Authentic Italian Food, Wine, And Stories

The Sunday walk raised $650 thousand to help cover medication costs.