HIV/AIDS Report Card Shows Progress, Problems In The District | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

HIV/AIDS Report Card Shows Progress, Problems In The District

Play associated audio
D.C. is making progress in addressing HIV/AIDS, but advocates say more progress is needed.
Andrew Katz-Moses
D.C. is making progress in addressing HIV/AIDS, but advocates say more progress is needed.

The public policy organization DC Appleseed released its eighth annual HIV/AIDS Report Card on Wednesday. Even though the District was scored mostly in the A and B range, many areas were downgraded since last year and many saw no improvement.

In 2009, almost 3 percent of District residents had HIV or AIDS. Those rates were higher than West Africa. Since then, D.C. has made steady progress with an almost 50 percent decline in new HIV and AIDS cases and an almost 80 percent increase in newly diagnosed people receiving health care within three months.

Walter Smith, the head of DC Appleseed, says that since last year, the District has made improvements in three critical areas.

"The needle exchange is one, the testing is one and the condom distribution is one," Smith says. "There are three proven prevention tools and the city is doing better on all of them and we gave them an A on all of them."

But Smith says the city still has a long way to go.

"If we're going to celebrate the fact that last year we only had 718 new HIV cases, we also need to lament the fact that last year we had 718 new HIV cases," he says.

Compared to the last report card, D.C. was downgraded in five areas such as leadership, HIV surveillance and data monitoring. And in five areas D.C. showed no progress, including public education and screening and treatment among the incarcerated.

NPR

An Outsider In Buenos Aires Goes Incognito, For Love Of Tango

Carolina de Robertis' new novel God of Tango centers on a 17-year-old widow, recently arrived from Italy with little besides a violin. It's Argentina, 1913 — and a magical new music fills the barrios.
NPR

A Little Chiltomate Raises The Underappreciated Turkey Thigh

Elizabeth Wiley, chef-owner of two top Dayton, Ohio, restaurants, goes off-menu to cook beer-braised turkey thighs in her home kitchen.
NPR

A Re-Opened Embassy In Havana Could Be A Boon For U.S. Businesses

When the U.S. re-opens its embassy in Havana, it will increase its staff. That should mean more help for American businesses hoping to gain a foothold on the Communist island.
NPR

Pilot In Solar-Powered Plane Sets Aviation Record

André Borschberg, flying Solar Impulse 2, set a new record of 120 hours in the cockpit on a journey from Japan to Hawaii.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.