WASHINGTON D.C. AIDS RATE 'HIGHER THAN WEST AFRICA' 03/17/2009


by Moody Adams
“At least 3% of residents in the nation's capital are living with HIV or AIDS and every mode of transmission is on the rise, according to a report to be released Monday by D.C. health officials, reports the Associated Press. “The findings in the 2008 epidemiology report by the D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration point to a severe epidemic that's impacting every race and sex across the population and neighborhoods.”

"Our rates are higher than West Africa," said Shannon Hader, the administration's director, who used to spearhead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's work in Zimbabwe. "They're on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya."

The report, obtained by The Washington Post, updates a landmark 2007 study that discovered the epidemic had moved from affecting a mostly gay population to a general one, and that it disproportionately affected blacks.

The study found that the number of HIV and AIDS cases has jumped. Almost 1 in 10 residents between 40 and 49 are living with the virus. The highest infection rate was black men at almost 7%, while 3% of black women in D.C. have HIV.

These figures are based on people who've gotten tested and the official report warns that the true number of D.C. residents infected with HIV "is certainly higher."

The study showed all the talk about “safe-sex” is of little avail; only three in 10 had used a condom the last time they had sex, the study found.

The epidemic has not been stopped by science giving us a cure. The disease mutates too fast for that to appear a realistic hope.

It can be stopped immediately if sex was limited to a man and a wife and IV drugs were eliminated. But of course that sounds too much like the Bible’s rules for to our pagan world.


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