Friday, November 30, 2007

DC Has Highest HIV Infection Rate amond US cities

A recent report by city officials found that nearly 1 in 50 residents of DC have HIV or AIDS. This is much higher than the number per 100,000 people Baltimore, NYC or Philadelphia.

The report found that it is increasing at an epidemic rate among children, heterosexual men, women and the elderly. African Americans comprise a disproportionately large number- 86%- of those with AIDS.

Ineffective tracking and public health awareness (particularly in the case of children getting HIV at birth) were blamed for these high numbers.

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