‘The Other City:’ AIDS in D.C.

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Jose Ramirez (left) and Ron Daniels (center)  are central figures in the movie. Daniels contracted HIV/AIDS from an infected needle when he was a heroin addict. He thought it was a disease that happened only to white gay men. Now, as a reformed drug user, he is the needle exchange coordinator for Family & Medical Counseling Service Inc. Seven days a week, he works to exchange used needles for clean ones to help keep drug addicts safe from HIV/AIDS. It is estimated that a third of HIV cases in D.C. can be traced to dirty needles. Among blacks in D.C., the largest proportion of deaths occurred among those whose HIV/AIDS was attributed to intravenous drug use  (34.2%) followed by heterosexual contact (29.6%).

Jose Ramirez (left) and Ron Daniels (center) are central figures in the movie. Daniels…