Posts Tagged ‘AIDS’

Number of New HIV Diagnoses Continues to Drop in D.C.

It's the sixth year in a row HIV rates have decreased in D.C., and a significant accomplishment for a city where infection rates have reached epidemic levels.

Why D.C.’s AIDS Walk Is Becoming the Walk to End HIV

When D.C. native Waldon Adams was diagnosed with HIV in 2004, he kept using drugs, and he skipped his medication, assuming he would just die like the other people he knew and had heard about with the disease. In 2008, he was on that very path; his illness progressed to full-blown AIDS, or what’s commonly [...]

Report: New HIV Diagnoses in District Drop 46 Percent Between 2007 and 2011

In 2011, 15,056 District residents, or 2.4 percent of the entire population, were living with HIV or AIDS and 718 new cases of HIV were reported, an improvement in a city that has historically been ranked as having the highest prevalence of the disease in the nation, according to an annual report released by the mayor's [...]

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—"Bryan Weaver Snags Latino Caucus Endorsement," "Adrian Fenty Is Bustin' Loose"
Good Morning. LL has tons of mayoral campaign items. But first, WaPo's editorial board drops [...]

Our Morning Roundup: D.C. Was Cool In The ’70s

I was born in 1973. According to last night's hour-long WETA documentary, Washington in the '70s, I missed a golden time that included the birth of home rule and go-go, Petey Greene, and Marion Barry before he sold out. Even more remarkable, the documentary showed that there was a time when the District's own residents [...]

Loose Lips Quotes of 2009: Dr. Shannon Hader

"Our rates are higher than West Africa....They’re on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya."
—Dr. Shannon Hader, city AIDS czar, March 16

Our Morning Roundup: The “Yogis Fight Back” Edition

This morning’s roundup is dedicated to those barking underdogs: the tyrannized standing up to the tyranny, the teens throwing pumpkin pies at the teachers, and, um, the yogis fighting for freedom of speech? Three yoga teachers in Virginia are filing a lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of  imposing license requirements on teacher-training programs. They argue that [...]

Two Arrested Outside Fenty Offices in AIDS Protest

Two AIDS activists were arrested this afternoon after loudly protesting outside Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's city hall 'bullpen.'
The protesters, Larry Bryant and Matthew Kavanaugh, were among about a dozen members of the D.C. Fights Back coalition that entered the John A. Wilson Building after 2 p.m. today as part of an protest tied to World [...]

Remember the Mustard-Yellow Condoms? A Look at the District’s Tortured Response to the AIDS Crisis

A little more than a week ago, news broke that at least three percent of District residents have AIDS or HIV. This provoked Shannon L. Hader, director of the city's HIV/AIDS Administration to now-famously compare D.C. to West Africa. When pressed by Loose Lips at a press conference, Hader stated that our rates of infection were [...]

How Does D.C.’s HIV Rate Compare to Other Cities?

Thanks to the Washington Post's preview yesterday of the city's latest HIV/AIDS numbers, we know know that, with 3 percent of the population diagnosed, D.C.'s rates are "higher than West Africa" and "on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya."
Those comparisons came from Dr. Shannon Hader, head of the city's HIV/AIDS Administration and a [...]

YouthAIDS Gala: the Weird World of Ashley Judd

Last Friday night, after another day of bad news for the market, 580 undeterred revelers traveled to McLean, Va., to attend the $2,500 a seat YouthAIDS Gala at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The party is one of Washington's most celebrity-obsessed events, with recent attendees like Bono, Desmond Tutu and Dave Mathews. This year's theme, "The [...]