Thursday, April 27, 2017 brings another "Dining Out for Life" event in southwest Michigan - across the country, actually - in which a portion of receipts from local restaurants helps HIV education and prevention their communities.

Community AIDS Resource and Education Services (CARES) is the fiduciary of federal funds spread out across the country to deliver those services to the 11 southwest Michigan counties, including Calhoun and Kalamazoo. Executive Director Kelly Doyle tells 95.3 WBCK that although advancements in HIV treatment have largely made the disease manageable, stigma still keeps some who carry the virus from speaking up - and getting the treatment they need to survive.

Battle Creek's Territorial Brewing Company on Helmer Road, along with 30-some other restaurants in Kalamazoo, Portage and the surrounding area have agreed to donate 25% of their receipts Thursday to CARES. Dining there during the Thursday event is all one needs to do in order to help. CARES volunteers will be on hand to offer further opportunities to donate.

Townsquare Media Southwest Michigan is a Dining Out for Life media sponsor.

Click the player below to hear Doyle talk about why she thinks HIV could be stamped out nationwide right now, and what is interfering with that effort.

Hear The Richard Piet Show weekday mornings frolm 5:30-9 on 95.3 WBCK.