Monosyllabic Pedantry

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Take That, Darwin!

U.S. capital struggles to contain HIV epidemic

The District of Columbia has struggled with HIV for decades. Its report on Monday showed the number of people with HIV infections rose 22 percent from 2006 to 2007.
"I think the true prevalence rate could be 30 to 50 percent higher," Dr. Shannon Hader, the city's HIV/AIDS Administration director, said in a telephone interview. Many people are likely infected without knowing it.

The report showed that 6.5 percent of the city's black men were infected. Overall, there were 15,120 HIV-infected people. Blacks make up 53 percent of the population of just over half a million people, but account for 76 percent of infections.

Come on, DC. This is not a difficult disease to prevent. It's not like it's being spread through the air. If you're still engaging in, shall we say, high-risk activities, then I've got little pity for you.



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