Wallace Corbett is one of thousands of D.C.-area residents living with AIDS. And for too long, he says, D.C.'s relationship to the AIDS crisis could be summed up with one phrase: "AIDS epidemic in the shadow of power."
Now, he says, it's time to change the script, and the period leading up to July 2012 International AIDS Conference is the perfect time to do it.
"We all need to work to break the stigma of HIV/AIDS and together turn our city from being a distressed headline in the news to being a city that isn't ashamed to talk about HIV/AIDs nor to take extraordinary measures to end this epidemic," he says.
He's calling on the city to radically improve its prevention and treatment efforts.