Dr. L. Lashley
March 26, 2008
Report: Dramatic Increase in AIDS in the District of Columbia from 2001-2006; A Study of the Adams Morgan and Anacostia Area
Background of the Problem
This report shows the lack of people educating themselves about AIDS and how it is transmitted. The occurrence of HIV/AIDS in the District of Columbia has been documented as far back as 1979, however, AIDS surveillance between wards in the District began in July 1983, when reporting was mandated under the Preventive Health Services Administration of the Commission of Public Health. In 2001, active and passive surveillance strategies were implemented to collect data and conduct investigations for the constant AIDS increase among minorities in selective wards. The number of sources of report for AIDS cases in the Adams Morgan Area and Anacostia area increased over the periods 2001-2006 as the epidemic spread. Today in the District of Columbia, most cases are identified through active surveillance or surveillance program- initiated efforts among the most affected wards.
Scope of Study
Washington, DC is divided into wards and zones, which helps keep up with economic resources. Ward 1-3 represents the wealthy class, 4-6 middle class, and 7-8 lower class. Statistics show from Wards 3-8, that the AIDS epidemic is rapidly increasing as years pass by.
I used secondary research to obtain information about the AIDS epidemic in Washington, DC were the Kaiser Family Foundation information FAQ line, Avert organization surveillance report, the Washington Post online articles, The Metro Teen Aids Organization, The Black Aids Institute, and Department of Health (CDC).
Significance of Study
This study is important because it’s an eye opener for a lot of people especially young adults. This report will inform them about the epidemic that is on a constant rise in all communities especially ones in major cities in the...