Posts Tagged ‘HIV’

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.

Report: D.C. HIV and AIDS Cases Decline in 2012

The number of new HIV cases in the District continues to decline while the number of people with HIV are living longer, according to a new D.C. Department of Health report, which looks at the state of HIV and other diseases considered to be epidemics in the District in 2012. At a press conference today, Mayor Vince Gray hailed [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Man and Woman Take HIV Test, Plan to Get High

It's 9:30 a.m. at Whitman Walker's Max Robinson Center in Anacostia. In the HIV testing area, a woman and a man are filling out their sexual histories on a piece of paper. Some of the questions:
Have you used IV drugs in the last 12 months?
Have you had sex while intoxicated?
When having anal receptive sex (was [...]