October 20, 2008
For Immediate Release
Alex Lawson: alex.lawson@gmail.com
Cell- 202-997-7002

Community members will dialogue with At Large Council candidates about DC’s
HIV epidemic, which is the worst in the country.

It is estimated that one in twenty District residents is infected with HIV and
we know that one in fifty is living with AIDS.
On Saturday, October 25, from 1-4 pm, DC Fights Back and the National AIDS
Housing Coalition are teaming up to sponsor a dialogue about HIV/AIDS. The
event will be held at Greater DC Cares, 1725 I Street, NW Suite 200.

“DC has the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the country, and it is essential that
everybody works together to combat HIV/AIDS in DC. Whitman-Walker Clinic
just announced a 232% rise in new HIV diagnoses while the CDC reports that
they have been under-reporting the amount of new infections by 40% for
decades. It is time to demand that our politicians implement the evidence based
strategies to fight the epidemic.” explains DC Fights Back Co-Chair George Kerr.
“National research shows that 40%-60% of all persons living with HIV/AIDS
report a lifetime experience of homelessness or housing instability. At the same
time, the District of Columbia remains one of the harshest rental environments for
low income people, including those coping with the debilitating and impoverishing
affects of HIV/AIDS. Now is the time to act.” said Katie Stuart of the National
AIDS Housing Coalition.
Candidates Kwame Brown, Carol Schwartz, Michael Brown, Dee Hunter, and
Patrick Mara will join people living with HIV and concerned residents in
discussing ways to combat the DC HIV epidemic.

The DC community is encouraged to come engage in the dialogues. For more
information, contact George Kerr at gkerr@yahoo.com


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Media Notes:
DC Fights Back (DCFB) is an all-volunteer network of people living with
HIV/AIDS and their allies working to engage ourselves and our communities in
every aspect of HIV advocacy for District residents and to end stigma to ensure the
best possible treatment and care for those living with HIV/AIDS and implement
the best possible science-based HIV prevention for everybody.
The National AIDS Housing Coalition is the only national organization which
focuses exclusively on the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS and
other vulnerable people in our society. Its coalition of national and communitybased
organizations and individuals provides strong advocacy, representation, and
training for thousands of consumers, community leaders, and social service/health

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