Shocking stats on HIV/AIDS rates in DC; Plus drop in revenues means tough decisions for city leaders
Today on NewsTalk, we spoke with Don Blanchon, executive director of the Whitman Walker Clinic, about the recent CDC report showing that the race of HIV-infection among men who have sex with men is now 1-in-7, and that among African-American over 30 in the District, the rate is 1-in-3.
He talked about why the rate is so high, and what the public health community is doing to encourage safer sex, testing and treatment.
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Blanchon also talked about the need to get more doctors to encourage their patients to get tested for HIV.
You can hear our conversation with Don Blanchon today at 4pm & 6pm on TBD. It follows a Q&A with two members of the Virginia General Assembly, who discuss the Governor’s proposal to sell state-run liquor stores to raise money for transportation improvements.
Also today, we talked with Ed Lazere of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute about CFO Nat Gandhi’s recent budget warning to Mayor Fenty, Chairman Gray and the Council. Gandhi says the FY 2011 budget shortfall could reach $175 million, more than previously thought, because revenues continue to lag. Lazere discussed the options city leaders face.
Wednesday at 10am on NewsTalk: DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier.