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HIV/AIDS rate in D.C. hits 3 percent

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posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 09:36 PM
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WASHINGTON -- At least 3 percent of District of Columbia residents have HIV or AIDS, a total that far surpasses the 1 percent threshold that constitutes a "generalized and severe" epidemic, according to a report scheduled to be released by health officials Monday. That translates into 2,984 residents per every 100,000 over the age of 12 -- or 15,120 -- according to the 2008 epidemiology report by the District's HIV/AIDS office. "Our rates are higher than West Africa," said Shannon Hader, director of the District's HIV/AIDS Administration who once led the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's work in Zimbabwe. "They're on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya." "We have every mode of transmission" -- men having sex with men, heterosexual and injected drug use -- "going up, all on the rise, and we have to deal with them," Hader said.

www.newsday.com...

This is crazy. 3 percent is very high for something like this. Those aren't good odds if you were willing to roll the dice in DC.

Lots of bad news out there...wasn't expecting to see this...




posted on Mar, 18 2009 @ 08:31 PM
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Shocking news...what would nationalized health care do for this
epidemic spread of AIDS? Make it worse...IMO!

I was fully shocked, as for a long time California cities like San Fran were high on the list. Still are, but now D.C! Scary...



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