Members of Howard University's Phi Beta Sigma Step Team performed at the opening of the Blair Underwood Health Care Center near 21st and K streets NW. The traditionally black fraternity is supporting a program through the clinic that's trying to convince more African American men to get tested for HIV. DC has the highest infection rate in the country, and African Americans make up 76% of infected people.
The clinic is named for Actor Blair Underwood. He was on hand for the opening and wanted to send a message:
"I need to talk to these men, who are dating women, and think this doesn't apply to them. It does apply to them. We are dying as a people."
The clinic's services will include HIV/AIDS testing and treatment as well as free STD testing, a pharmacy, and free mobile testing units.
A short-term fix for the nearly empty Highway Trust Fund is a step closer to President Obama's desk. Congress has been talking about the long-term problems with the construction account, but the two chambers have not agreed on a long-term solution.
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