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IMG_6597On Saturday October 25th Sheila Stewart is being honored for her extreme dedication to AIDS WALK. Help us celebrate her work by walking with us at the 28th Annual Whitman Walker Health “Walk to End HIV.”

Fact:

HIV/AIDS is one of the leading causes of death in the African American community and DC Ranks Number One in the county.

Between 2008-2011, African Americans accounted for:

*   64 percent of all HIV infections among women

*   67 percent of all HIV infections among children below 13 years old

*   42 percent of all HIV infections among adolescent and adult males

*   64 percent of all HIV infections among adolescent and adult females.

The estimated lifetime risk of becoming infected with HIV is 1 in 16 for African American men, and 1 in 32 for African American women, a far higher risk than for people of other ethnic backgrounds or races. The rate (per 100,000 population) of new HIV infections is 8 times larger among the African American community, than that among white people, based on population size.

Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s, over half of people who have died of AIDS-related illnesses were African American.

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