This is Not a Test
According to a report issued earlier this year by the DC Department of Health as many as 3% of District residents are living with HIV/AIDS. This estimated number far surpasses those of some West African countries. A harrowing thought that the capital city of the United States, the richest nation in the world is also a place with an epidemic level of HIV infections in all but one of its eight wards.
The report underscored that their continues to be an increase in heterosexual transmission, black men still have the highest rate of infection in the city and that the HIV/AIDS population is getting older. Nearly 1 in 10 infected persons are between the ages of 40 and 49. While there is no cure for HIV/AIDS treatments to manage living with the virus have advanced greatly over the last several years.
June 27 is National HIV/AIDS Testing Day and all are encouraged to get tested. Knowing your status is the first step in maintaining a healthy life. Free testing is taking place throughout the District. Learn where you can get tested here.