For Discussion: HIV and Chocolate City

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Aids Rally

You can’t believe every thing you read, but these statistics concerning Aids in DC are staggering…

Right here in the nation’s capitol, the HIV/AIDS epidemic rivals that of many Third World countries. Washington D.C. affectionately dubbed as “Chocolate City” is approximately 60 percent of people of African descent. And of it’s residents one in 20 is thought to have HIV, and 1 in 50 of its residents to have AIDS. Of the 3,269 HIV cases identified between 2001 and 2006 who tested positive nine of 10 were African American. “The Washington data is really a microcosm of what we already know: that AIDS in America today is a black disease,” said Phil Wilson, founder of the Black AIDS Institute, an HIV/AIDS think tank that focuses exclusively on AIDS among black Americans. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African Americans account for half of all new HIV cases despite comprising 13 percent of the U.S. population. Equally alarming is that HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for African American women between the ages of 25 and 44. At the “Women and Response to AIDS” panel at the at the 16th International AIDS Conference in Toronto in 2006, Sheila Johnson, founder of the Crump-Johnson Foundation in Washington D.C., pointed out that another at-risk population in the African American community is teenage girls. Seventeen percent of the U.S. teen population is African American. In 2004, 70 percent of all teens testing HIV-positive were black. One in 10 African American teenage girls test HIV-positive in the nation’s capital, the highest percentage in the country among this age group. When asked why such a high percentage test positive, Johnson said, “As long as girls see themselves as glorified sex objects in hip-hop videos, HIV/AIDS will increase within this population.”

Bossipers, what are some of the factors you all think are contributing to this epidemic and more importantly, what can we do to curb this trend?




  • Hannibal

  • Hannibal




    Real talk…


    …I am at a loss for words…this makes me sick.

  • Ask No Questions, Hear No Lies

    that’s deep … & that’s only the ppl that have been tested … jeez

  • aiil

    Damn a serious issue and just 3 comments. Wow priorities people. Priorities are in order within this community

  • Lisa

    There are far to many uneducated teenagers and even some adults in the African American community when it concerns safe sex and pregnancy. If you are have protected sex with birth control there should be no pregancy and the spread of HIV and STDs should be diminished. The safest way to practice safe sex is abstinence HOWEVER, for most people thats not possible SO wrap it up EVERY TIME!


    Does anyone believe that the Government has a cure?

  • Me

    Get tested, wrap it up, or practice abstinence!!! These states are alarming.

  • Lacombe Redbone ( Ready to water bend!)

    I do, Nikki!

  • The Sky Is My Limit… me living in DC makes it a bigger WOW.

  • Lacombe Redbone ( Ready to water bend!)

    Heyyyyy, i thought D.C. was dubbed as “The Black Hole?”….New Orleans is “CHOCOLATE CITY!!!!!”
    …Nagin says so! lol



    I do as well. Think about it. What Aids/HIV is an immune deficiency disease. Ummm k…wasn’t there just a woman that received a new part of her vocal cord or something made from her own stem cell? I believe in that stem cell research. Be it on Embryos or Adults…make it happen…

  • BE

    This is alarming but I am not shocked, I read somewhere that about 60% of all new cases of HIV/AIDS were African American.

    Why – people are not protecting themselves and they often think it is a “White Gay Man’s disease”. Aids/HIV knows nothing about color or ethnicity or gender just like cancer or any other disease.

    Magic Johnson has the cure maybe he will help the people.

    Perhaps if these statistics are shared more people will make wiser decisions. SMH DAMN Shame

  • Always Classy

    This is very scary! It’s real and not just in DC. I think people are just not taking it serious and having the attitude that it can’t happen to me. It can happen even if you don’t sleep around. There are plenty of cases where the person was married or just with one person. It is so real!

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