Thursday, December 4, 2008

Come on DC!??! Lets get it 2gether...


I saw these startling statistics on Bossip and it made me shake my head. I knew DC had a high AIDS/HIV rate but goddamn! Its a shame too cuz they got some baddddd as chicas in DC.

Right here in the nation’s capitol, the HIV/AIDS epidemic rivals that of many Third World countries. Washington D.C. affectionately dubbed as “Chocolate City” is approximately 60 percent of people of African descent. And of it’s residents one in 20 is thought to have HIV, and 1 in 50 of its residents to have AIDS. Of the 3,269 HIV cases identified between 2001 and 2006 who tested positive nine of 10 were African American. “The Washington data is really a microcosm of what we already know: that AIDS in America today is a black disease,” said Phil Wilson, founder of the Black AIDS Institute, an HIV/AIDS think tank that focuses exclusively on AIDS among black Americans. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African Americans account for half of all new HIV cases despite comprising 13 percent of the U.S. population. Equally alarming is that HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for African American women between the ages of 25 and 44. At the “Women and Response to AIDS” panel at the at the 16th International AIDS Conference in Toronto in 2006, Sheila Johnson, founder of the Crump-Johnson Foundation in Washington D.C., pointed out that another at-risk population in the African American community is teenage girls. Seventeen percent of the U.S. teen population is African American. In 2004, 70 percent of all teens testing HIV-positive were black. One in 10 African American teenage girls test HIV-positive in the nation’s capital, the highest percentage in the country among this age group. When asked why such a high percentage test positive, Johnson said, “As long as girls see themselves as glorified sex objects in hip-hop videos, HIV/AIDS will increase within this population.”
Now this isn't a slight against DC women by far because I realize that a part of those statistics also include homosexual males but DC ladies STAY THE FUCK AWAY FROM ME!

naw I'm playing...

This is truly a sad realization! I don't understand why these rates continue to skyrocket. Since I've been able to understand right from wrong I knew about the dangers of HIV/AIDS, risk factors and what steps I could take to prevent myself from being infected. I think more people in a position of power or at least a celeb or two needs to help fight this battle and spread awareness!

3 comments:

Sairy said...

SAD BUT TRUE MY BIG BROTHER IS FROM THE LOOP...AND HE SAID ITS MANN HEADS OUT THERE WITH THE CURSE....I TELL HIM ALL THE TIME BE EASY DUDE THE HEADS NOW A DAYS DONT CARE...THEY FIG..."SHIT IF I GOT IT WHY I GOTTA BE THE ONLY ONE TO SUFFER" REAL GOOD FRIEND OF MINES PASSED ON THIS SAME SHIT U TALKING BOUT :....[

Eb the Celeb said...

Its crazy out here period... not just in the DC area... African American women represent over 70% of NEW Aids cases... its depressing... as soon as we have a triumph like a black man being the next president, we still have things that are killing us off.

Anjl Marie said...

YEAH ITS CRAZY OUT THERE AND WHATS WORSE IS THIS..... WE SEND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR RIGHT PAST DC AND OTHER US CITIES TO AFRICA....

IM NOT SAYING THAT THEY DONT NEED IT BECAUSE THEY DO BUT WE FORGET THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT HERE WHO NEED CARE AND SUPPORT MENTALLY AND EMOTIONALLY JUST LIKE IN LESS FORTUNATE AREAS

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