In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Day, the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club joins the voices of advocates calling for more resources to address this epidemic. The District of Columbia's LGBT, African American, and LGBT African American communities have been disproportionately impacted by HIV and AIDS.
Nearly three percent of the DC population lives with HIV, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The DC Department of Health found that one in 16 African American men in DC is living with HIV or AIDS, and the rate of infection among black women in DC's poorest neighborhoods has exceeded 12 percent, doubling since 2010. And a 2012 Black AIDS Institute report found that gay Black men account for one in four new HIV infections each year.
In observance of Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Gertrude Stein Club's Vice President of Political & Legislative Affairs said, "The impact of HIV and AIDS in our communities is all too real, touching many of our loved ones. During this month, when we celebrate and honor the achievements of African Americans throughout history, the need to combat and end this epidemic has never been more urgent."
The Gertrude Stein Club looks forward to working with and supporting local efforts to diminish the impact of this epidemic in all of our communities. Residents are invited to Whitman-Walker Clinic's free testing clinics throughout the District. Learn more about the hours and testing locations here.