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HIV Infection Rate Close to Doubling for Poor Black Women in D.C.

According to a study released by the D.C. Department of Health on Wednesday, the  HIV infection rate for heterosexual African American women in D.C’s lowest income neighborhoods has increased dramatically in the last two years. The rate of infection has almost doubled from 6.3 percent to 12.1 percent.

It is important to note that the drastic increase is affected by an increase in testing people who had not been tested and did not know their status. According to District health officials,the disease remains at epidemic levels in Washington and it is important for people who are diagnosed to start treatment right away rather than wait for symptoms of the disease.

For the first time in over 20 years, Washington is preparing to host the International AIDS Conference next month in which the District’s officials intend to share their positive progress in fighting HIV and AIDS.

On Wednesday, officials also released the Health Department’s annual update on HIV/AIDS, which showed a drop in the overall number of new AIDS cases over four years and improvements in getting infected people into care quickly.

In D.C., unlike other cities, at-risk people are not just homosexual men or intravenous drug users but a mix which includes heterosexual African Americans. 90 percent of all women with HIV are black.

Officials in D.C. are very concerned and have called the rates of infection “alarming”.

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6 Responses to HIV Infection Rate Close to Doubling for Poor Black Women in D.C.

  1. Al Reply

    June 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    It’s time for Black women to take a stand and take responsibility for their behavior. We can’t blame white people for this epidemic in the black community, but we must look at ourselves and stop taking foolish risks!

    Black women use to be the backbone of the black family, but now they are becoming just like most of us black men (irresponsible). It’s a damn shame!

    • ExcusemeMarriedWomenvictimsofblackmen Reply

      June 23, 2012 at 12:29 am

      Please check your research and you will see that recent statistics show that cheating black men are the reason for married women becoming statistics of HIV/AIDS cases, also remember that some people have blood transfusions which go terribly wrong. So stop stereotyping…I guess ignorance is bliss….

      • FACE IT Reply

        September 25, 2012 at 11:27 pm

        your not being accountable or responsible.you make it like he forced it upon you.H.I V. CAME FROM A GAY WHITE MALE,AND SINCE WHITE MEN HAVE
        MORE MONEY AT THEIR DISPOSAL,CHEAP TRIKS CAN GET BOUGHT FOR
        LITTLE OR NOTHING EITHER BASED ON WANTING TO GET EXCEPTED,
        OPPORTUNITY,OR GENETICS.YELP, HE THROW A COUPLE OF GRAND
        AT YOU BECAUSE HE BEEN SO PRIVILEDGED,AND THATS LIKE A COUPLE OF DOLLARS TO,AND SINCE HE HOLD SOME OF YOUR MEN BACK OR YOU CHOOSE THE ONES WITHOUT A BACKBONE THAT DONT HAVE ANY SEXUAL MATURITYBECAUSE YOU WOULD NOT KNOW A REAL MAN IF SOMEONE PUT HIM IN YOUR POCKET.THE FACT THAT I AM MARRIED TO A BLACKWOMEN
        BUT TO NEVER FOOL AROUND BECAUSE I AM SCARED OF YOU ALL.BLACK
        WOMEN YOU HAVE TO FIND OUT WHAT TRUE MASCULINITY IS BECAUSE YOU KEEP
        RUNNING ACROSS THESE GAY DUDES,NOTE YOUR STANDARDS ARE ON THE
        LEVEL OF DATEING GAYS DUDED,AND YOU DONT EVEN KNOW IT.
        FIRST OF ALL STOP EXCEPTING YOUR MUSIC WITH MEN WITH GAY VOICES,
        DONT DATE ANY MAN THATS PRETTY,OR HE DONT LOOK MASCULINE.
        CHECK HIS LAB WORK.WHEN HE IS BY HIMSELF SEND A GAY DUDE TO APPROACH HIM WITH A LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY,AND YOU WOULD SEE WHAT YOU GOT.REMEMBER IF THE GUY IS TO MUCH LIKE YOU,HE COULD BE GAY AND COULD BE PROMOTED TO H.I.V. 1 ON1.

  2. me112233 Reply

    June 22, 2012 at 2:25 am

    How you get AIDS is not secret. The #1 way to get AIDS is having an infected man insert his penis into your anus. (Contrary to the politically correct crap spewed by gay advocates and the porn industry, the anus is an apparatus that is intended to have things stuck into it.) The #2 way to get AIDS is using intervenous drugs. Those two ways, all by themselves, account for well over 90% of AIDS cases. Put another way, 90% of AIDS cases are absolutely the result of a willful choice made by the person who eventually got AIDS. And frankly, if it weren’t for that 90% of people, the other 10% wouldn’t have anyone to get the AIDS from.

    People getting AIDS from blood transfusions is very rare these days. While not impossible, contracting AIDS from “normal” vaginal intercourse is hard to do, and wearing a condom makes that risk virtually zero. It is true that the more you sleep around, the more likely you are to get AIDS, but again, that’s a personal behaviour choice.

    So, all I can conclude is that heterosexual black women in poor DC neighborhoods are very likely to be into perverted sex and/or be IV drug users — behaviours that are known to be more prevelant in “poor” communities than in middle-class and upper-end neighborhoods. These “poor black” woman are also more likely to have sex with infected men than women of other reaces and/or income levels.

    If poor black women would behave like moral, decent citizens (like the good book tells us all to), they wouldn’t be having these problems . . . at least not in the numbers that they are.

    • ExcusemeMarriedWomenvictimsofblackmen Reply

      June 23, 2012 at 12:34 am

      An anus is not the way someone contracts this. Anytime bodily fluids connect, a transfer of the virus will then occur. You do not get it through the anus. You cannot get it by hugging, by pecking a person on the cheek, by touching something they touch, by sitting on a toilet seat behind them, it can only be transmitted by normal sexual contact (I said normal) has nothing to do with homosexuality either. You may also get it through blood transfusions, or sharing dirty needles, or getting poked by a dirty needle. I knew people who were ill with this, that’s how I know this information and more.

  3. Legallychisis Reply

    June 22, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    These stories not only saddens me THEY PISS ME OFF! We don’t care about these “poor black women” unless its reporting the HIV rates or anything else to further tear them down. I’m sad that HIV is running rampant but we report it and THAT’S IT!! Here are the numbers NOW WHAT! DO we just let them die off!! NOW WHAT!! CLEARLY most of these women have self esteem issues. I am a black woman and its hard. I could not imagine being a poor black woman and now being stigmatized. Lord bless these poor women and their off springs. D.C poor women infected or not my prayers are with you. Why can’t read stories of how we can help, instead of just simply hearing the staggering numbers?

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