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    HIV/AIDS Rate in D.C. Hits 3%

    Considered a 'Severe' Epidemic, Every Mode of Transmission Is Increasing, City Study Finds
    By Jose Antonio Vargas and Darryl Fears
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Sunday, March 15, 2009; Page A01


    At least 3 percent of District 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 tomorrow.

    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 L. 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.
    among other findings...

    The HIV prevalence increased 22% from 2006.
    The HIV rate among black men is 7%
    Nearly 10% of the population age 40-49 are HIV positive.


    I'm not really sure what I can add to this. There is no excuse for this. We have the resources to educate the public about HIV/AIDS, to provide confidential testing, and to provide treatment. Until dealing with HIV/AIDS is made into a real priority, HIV rates will continue to escalate exponentially.

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    Re: HIV/AIDS Rate in D.C. Hits 3%

    Quote Originally Posted by FallingPianos View Post
    among other findings...

    The HIV prevalence increased 22% from 2006.
    The HIV rate among black men is 7%
    Nearly 10% of the population age 40-49 are HIV positive.


    I'm not really sure what I can add to this. There is no excuse for this. We have the resources to educate the public about HIV/AIDS, to provide confidential testing, and to provide treatment. Until dealing with HIV/AIDS is made into a real priority, HIV rates will continue to escalate exponentially.
    Isn't DC like...THE most liberal city in the union(besides San Fran)?

    Seems, like your sex ed programs aren't working out as well.

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    Re: HIV/AIDS Rate in D.C. Hits 3%

    Quote Originally Posted by FallingPianos View Post
    among other findings...

    The HIV prevalence increased 22% from 2006.
    The HIV rate among black men is 7%
    Nearly 10% of the population age 40-49 are HIV positive.


    I'm not really sure what I can add to this. There is no excuse for this. We have the resources to educate the public about HIV/AIDS, to provide confidential testing, and to provide treatment. Until dealing with HIV/AIDS is made into a real priority, HIV rates will continue to escalate exponentially.
    People already know how AIDS is acquired.

    There is really nothing else you can do to educate someone who doesn't care if they spread it or not.
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    Re: HIV/AIDS Rate in D.C. Hits 3%

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkWizard12 View Post
    Isn't DC like...THE most liberal city in the union(besides San Fran)?

    Seems, like your sex ed programs aren't working out as well.
    You want to, umm, give us some data to back that up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    You want to, umm, give us some data to back that up?
    A gun ban and a nigger in the white house makes it the most liberal city in the country.
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    Re: HIV/AIDS Rate in D.C. Hits 3%

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkWizard12 View Post
    Isn't DC like...THE most liberal city in the union(besides San Fran)?

    Seems, like your sex ed programs aren't working out as well.
    I would caution you against making hasty judgements about how sex education relates to HIV/AIDS in DC. I should point out that nationally, the south is the region of the US that has the highest STD rates.

    the fact is that the demographics of DC make it difficult to compare to other cities. over 50% of the population is black, and roughly 8% are GLBT. both populations are disproportionately impacted by HIV nationally. D.C. also has a much higher rate of illiteracy compared to the rest of the country.

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    Re: HIV/AIDS Rate in D.C. Hits 3%

    I knew it!

    Aids/Hiv is part of the Liberal Agenda.

    It does seem a little bit trashy, however, that the district where our President resides holds such a record when it comes to Aids; something people normally attribute to a more Afro-Centric world (I don't even know if that is correct, Afro-Centric)
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    Re: HIV/AIDS Rate in D.C. Hits 3%

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkWizard12 View Post
    Isn't DC like...THE most liberal city in the union(besides San Fran)?

    Seems, like your sex ed programs aren't working out as well.
    I'd think it has more to do with the poverty and crime in DC. Although if I remember correctly the education system there is extremely bad so poor education could have contributed.
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    Re: HIV/AIDS Rate in D.C. Hits 3%

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    People already know how AIDS is acquired.

    There is really nothing else you can do to educate someone who doesn't care if they spread it or not.
    People, for the most part, do know how it is spread, yes. Unfortunately, the social-conservative zombies are unwilling to accept the findings.

    For instance, needle exchange programs for addicts, which would inevitably lower the probability of poor addicts contracting the virus, are shunned. This is largely because christian parents are unable to teach their children common sense and fear such a move would persuade the children to begin pumping heroin into their veins.

    As another example, respectable sex-ed programs which do the basics covering, well, sexual education, are shunned. Again, our most pious parents are unable to teach their children very basic things in life (or concerning the creation thereof) and using their hordes of link-minded anti-intellectuals enact legislation which denies money to education regarding how to properly prevent the spread of STDs and contraceptives to stop this alarming trend (as they claim that the more their children know, the more immoral they will be). As FallingPianos rightly points out, an abstinence-type education on the matter, in this case personified throughout the South, has been shown to be nothing but an abject failure at teaching the populace the dangers we collectively face from the spread of STDs, especially those which are the most life-threatening such as HIV.
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    Re: HIV/AIDS Rate in D.C. Hits 3%

    Quote Originally Posted by Joby View Post
    People, for the most part, do know how it is spread, yes. Unfortunately, the social-conservative zombies are unwilling to accept the findings.

    For instance, needle exchange programs for addicts, which would inevitably lower the probability of poor addicts contracting the virus, are shunned. This is largely because christian parents are unable to teach their children common sense and fear such a move would persuade the children to begin pumping heroin into their veins.

    As another example, respectable sex-ed programs which do the basics covering, well, sexual education, are shunned. Again, our most pious parents are unable to teach their children very basic things in life (or concerning the creation thereof) and using their hordes of link-minded anti-intellectuals enact legislation which denies money to education regarding how to properly prevent the spread of STDs and contraceptives to stop this alarming trend (as they claim that the more their children know, the more immoral they will be). As FallingPianos rightly points out, an abstinence-type education on the matter, in this case personified throughout the South, has been shown to be nothing but an abject failure at teaching the populace the dangers we collectively face from the spread of STDs, especially those which are the most life-threatening such as HIV.
    I think its just the continuous culture of poverty DC is so famous for.

    The locals say they want positive change but they are doing very little to accomplish this, instead waiting on government to solve all their ills which is impossible.
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