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HIV/AIDS Rate in D.C. "Higher Than West Africa"

Official: HIV/AIDS Rate in D.C. "Higher Than West Africa"

Nearly 3,000 out of 100,000 residents have disease or virus

Updated 12:54 PM EDT, Sun, Mar 15, 2009

Nearly 3,000 of every 100,000 people living in the nation's capital have HIV or AIDS, according to a report that will be released by D.C. health officials Monday.

That's a little more than 15,000 people with the disease -- a total that well exceeds the 1 percent threshold for what makes up a "generalized and severe epidemic," according to the 2008 epidemiology report.

"Our rates are higher than West Africa," Shannon L. Hader, director of the District's HIV/AIDS Administration, told The Washington Post. "They're on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya."

Hader -- who led the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's work in Zimbabwe -- said every mode of transmission for the virus and the disease is


Added: Mar-15-2009 Occurred On: Mar-14-2009
By: menderman
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