DC's AIDS/HIV Rate Soars

Proportion higher than in West Africa: official
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 15, 2009 7:40 AM CDT
The HIV/AIDS rate in Washington is far beyond a "generalized and severe epidemic" level.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – The soaring 3% HIV/AIDS rate in Washington, DC, is triple the proportion that qualifies as a “generalized and severe epidemic,” according to a new report. That means some 15,120 people in the city over the age of 12 are infected, the Washington Post reports. Such rates are “on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya,” said a local HIV/AIDS official. The reports found HIV and AIDS have jumped 22% since the end of 2006.