Q of the Day: What American City Has the Highest HIV/AIDS Rate?

Try our capital- Washington DC.


Nearly 3,000 of every 100,000 people living in the nation’s capital have HIV or AIDS, according to a report that will be released by D.C. health officials Monday.

That’s a little more than 15,000 people with the disease — a total that well exceeds the 1 percent threshold for what makes up a “generalized and severe epidemic,” according to the 2008 epidemiology report.

“Our rates are higher than West Africa,” Shannon L. Hader, director of the District’s HIV/AIDS Administration, told The Washington Post. “They’re on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya.”

Hader — who led the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s work in Zimbabwe — said every mode of transmission for the virus and the disease is rising, from men having sex with men, and heterosexual and injected drug use — or, as noted by the study, “the true number of residents currently infected and living with HIV is certainly higher.”

The Hader link is to a good Q&A interview done after the initial reports came out, with more information than in the MSM reports.

More below…The breakdown of the numbers is chilling:

More than 4 percent of blacks in the city are known to have HIV, along with almost 2 percent of Latinos and 1.4 percent of whites, according to the Post.

More than three-quarters — 76 percent — of the HIV infected are black, 70 percent are men and 70 percent are age 40 and older.

Um… paging Tavis Smiley…Wanna weigh in NOW, sir?

Will be looking to see if he has anything to say, but I’m guessing he’s not gonna go NEAR this one, given his ignoring it a few weeks ago.

But here’s Papa Razi, telling us all that condoms make the problems of AIDS/HIV worse.

Pope Benedict XVI said Tuesday that the distribution of condoms is not the answer in the fight against AIDS in Africa.

Benedict has never before spoken explicitly on condom use although he has stressed that the Roman Catholic Church is in the forefront of the battle against AIDS.

The Vatican encourages sexual abstinence to fight the spread of the disease.

“You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms,” the pope told reporters aboard the Alitalia plane headed to Yaounde, Cameroon. “On the contrary, it increases the problem.”

Some priests and nuns working with victims of the AIDS pandemic ravaging Africa question the church’s opposition to condoms.

They’re not alone.

My head hurts with the rampant stupidity of some of our “leaders”…

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