Baton Rouge's sixth annual Red Wig Walk, presented by Metro Health, was held to raise awareness of HIV prevention, treatment and support services, Saturday, April 27, 2019. The walk started at A.Z. Young Park and wound through the Capitol Garden grounds before returning to the park. Booths with information were provided by groups including CareSouth, Sickle Cell Association of South La., La. Dept. of Health, Southern University Dept. of Social Work, La. Health Connect and the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, as well as attendance by local State Representatives and Senators. The last statistics regarding new HIV cases, compiled from 2017 data, show that Baton Rouge has moved from the city with the second highest rate of new cases to fifth place, an improvement, said Shirley Lolis, executive director of Metro Health, whose mision is to reduce the spread of HIV, STDs, and substance abuse through testing, street outreach, peer programs, and education.