D.C. Makes the Grade on HIV/AIDS Fight
(Washington Examiner) — For the sixth consecutive year, D.C.’s city government was graded on its fight against HIV/AIDS. The city passed easily. DC Appleseed, a nonprofit D.C. public policy organization, gave the city all A’s and B’s. But for the first time, some of the grades decreased from last year’s report. “This is not an issue the mayor alone or the District government alone can take on. A part of the campaign theme of this mayor was ‘One City’ ??– involving all parts of the city and reaching out to all parts of the city,” said Walter Smith, executive director of DC Appleseed. The threshold for an epidemic is 1 percent of a population being infected. More than 3 percent of District’s roughly 600,000 residents are living with HIV or AIDS, said Dena Iverson of the city’s Health Department.