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D.C. Officials Respond To HIV/AIDS Criticism

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WASHINGTON (AP) D.C.'s mayor and city health officials are holding a meeting to discuss past mismanagement of the city's HIV/AIDS office and discuss reforms.

Monday's meeting comes after The Washington Post began a series of stories Sunday on the mismanagement of Department of Health money going to D.C. HIV/AIDS groups. The paper reported that between 2004 and 2008, the department awarded more than $25 million to nonprofit agencies that had questionable spending or provided substandard care.

According to a report released by D.C. health officials earlier this year, at least three percent of residents in the nation's capital are living with HIV or AIDS.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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