July 15th, 2010
01:37 PM ET
12 years ago

Activists: Stigma fuels HIV/AIDS rates in African-American community

Washington (CNN) - As President Obama announced the first national HIV/AIDS strategy earlier this week, outside the gates of the White House, 3 percent of the District of Columbia's population continues to live with the disease.

HIV/AIDS rates in the district are "on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya" where the disease has raged for years, says Shannon Hader, Washington's former HIV/AIDS administration director.

Three percent of Washingtonians live with HIV/AIDS, according to a study released by the district in 2009. The accepted threshold for a "generalized and severe epidemic," according to the study, is 1 percent.

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  1. accepted threshold for a "generalized and severe epidemic"

    why can't we just sell washington and the district of columbia to another country

    problem solved

    July 15, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Dar

    Odumbo is showing his true colors more and more every day.

    July 15, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. take responsibility

    It is good to have an HIV/AIDS plan (especially for the children born with the disease). If people would take more personal responsibility, the problem wouldn't spread nearly as rapidly. It isn't that difficult to stop.

    July 15, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. Tim

    Stigma? I'm pretty sure that's not what's spreading the disease.

    July 15, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Jeff Spangler

    Yet another starkly realistic and tragic reason why the voters of the District aren't ready for prime time politically. These folks cannot govern their children or their own behavior and they are headed to hell in a handbasket.

    July 15, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    Oh boy – watch Limbaugh and Beck complain about 'favoritism'!!!

    HIV/AIDS needs more research for a cure – it's out there.

    July 15, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Steph

    Racist and homophobic rants in 3, 2, 1.....

    July 15, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Thank you Mr President.

    July 15, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Any jobs for hard working Americans in any of this or is it just another liberal feel good giveaway. If Obozo has anything to do with it, it is probably just another giveaway of our hard earned money to his supporters.

    July 15, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Jim in Florida

    Wonder if Obama has the decency to mention the billions Bush gave the Africans to combat aids. Then again $$ alone will not solve the problem, a shift of culture and behavior will be needed. Wonder how the black government in South Adrica is doing helping the poor there? Since apartheid was ended many years ago. Doesn't seem to be much progress on that front. Makes you wonder where all that aid is going.

    July 15, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |