District of Columbia Criticized for Not Treating AIDS as a Citywide Health Crisis
August 10, 2005
A report released today details numerous failures in the District of Columbia's response to what is probably the worst HIV/AIDS rate for a major US city. Conducted by the public-interest D.C. Appleseed Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), with 4,000 hours of research and writing donated by the law firm Hogan & Hartson and the support of Mayor Anthony Williams (D), "HIV/AIDS in the Nation's Capital" advises that city officials create an executive-level commission to begin a turnaround.
Among the report's findings:
Among several dozen recommendations, the report urges quickly filling the city's HIV surveillance positions; combining HIV and AIDS databases; providing case managers more specialized training; and increasing interagency collaboration. ACLJ also recommended the city call a fall public meeting to discuss how it should proceed. The group said it would issue a follow-up report in six months.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.