This map shows the numbers of persons living with HIV/AIDS among adults and adolescents by ward in the District of Columbia through 2008. Although blacks account for just 52.2% of District residents over the age of 12, they account for more than 75.6% of residents living with HIV/AIDS. Blacks with HIV/AIDS also face greater barriers to accessing care than their white counterparts, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The Eighth Ward has the highest population of African Americans and also has the highest rate of persons living with HIV/AIDS, with a rate of 3.4%. The HIV death rate in the Eighth Ward is almost 16 times higher than the U.S. rate. The other wards with high populations of African Americans (5, 6, and 7) also had the highest rates of the disease (3.1%, 3.3%, and 2.9%, respectively).