‘The Other City:’ AIDS in D.C.

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Washington, D.C. has a higher rate of HIV/AIDS infection than several countries in Africa. At 3%, the HIV-positive population surpasses the 1% threshold that constitutes an epidemic. There were 1,318 deaths in D.C. among persons diagnosed with HIV/AIDS between 2004 and 2007; about 87% of those deaths were among black District residents.

Washington, D.C. has a higher rate of HIV/AIDS infection than several countries in Africa. At…