AIDS: Closer to Home Than You Might Think

Last week people all around the globe observed World AIDS day. Established by The World Health Organization in 1988, World AIDS Day was designed to raise awareness about the deadly AIDS pandemic. All too often the faces we associate with HIV/AIDS, disease, and death are those of African women and children. But HIV/AIDS is not just an African problem.

Considering Washington D.C. has the highest AIDS rate of any city in the United States, the deadly disease is much closer to home than many Americans may realize. “Our rates are higher than West Africa,” said Shannon Hader, the district’s HIV/AIDS administration director. And he