Friday, January 05, 2007

Black residents make up 60% of Washington D.C.'s population but represent more than 80% of AIDS cases

Raymond S. Blanks:

The promises made by former mayor Anthony A. Williams more than a year ago to bolster the battle against HIV have not been realized.

The HIV-AIDS epidemic in the District remains disturbing and depressing. The rate of infection remains 10 times the national rate. African American women make up 90 percent of all infected female residents, and many thousands of residents with HIV do not know their status.

Black residents make up 60 percent of the District's population but represent more than 80 percent of AIDS cases. Nearly 20,000 of the city's residents are living with HIV. Recent tests indicate that, among the 16,700 persons tested, 580 tested positive, a new increase of nearly 4 percent.

Black Americans and HIV/AIDS

Latinos and HIV/AIDS

Women and HIV/AIDS in the United States

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