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D.C. Leaders, Norton Speak At AIDS Walk

Around 8,000 people walked through downtown D.C. to raise money for HIV and AIDS causes this morning. The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington welcomed runners and walkers, including several D.C. Council members and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton.

"We know that the virus is still alive, but it is not well," says Norton.

Over the past four years, the number of new cases of HIV in the city has been cut in half, thanks in part to testing and prevention programs.

"We're starting to really get at the root of this," says Don Blanchon, who runs Whitman-Walker Health. He says coordination between HIV and AIDS groups has driven the recent improvements.

"I actually believe we're going to get to zero in my lifetime."

The first case of AIDS in D.C. was discovered 30 years ago this year. Since then, more then 20,000 District residents have been infected with HIV — more than in the entire state of Virginia.

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