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D.C. Highest In HIV/AIDS Epidemic

WASHINGTON - A new report released Monday shows that HIV/AIDS is sweeping across the Washington-Metropolitan region with devastating consequences. The Whitman Walker clinic said the District has an HIV/AIDS infection rate that is 10 times the national average.

The 120-page report, which is the city's first on HIV/AIDS since 2000, shows that about 1 in 20 city residents has HIV and 1 in 50 have AIDS, with the disease growing at an alarming rate in the black community.

According to the report, more than 80 percent of the HIV cases identified between 2001 and 2006 were blacks, and among women who tested positive about 9 out of 10 were black.

The District's AIDS rate is the worst of any city in the country and has been climbing faster than that of many jurisdictions, health officials said.

Health officials also said that in 2004 the number of new HIV cases among men and women ages 40 to 49 began to rise, outpacing every other age group in the city.

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