HIV/AIDS


About the Project

The District of Columbia has one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in the country. DC Appleseed has been involved in the issue for over a decade, since issuing a groundbreaking report in 2005 that provided a systemic analysis of the District government’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and made recommendations for improvement. We followed up with annual report cards, grading the District’s progress in tackling the epidemic and particular areas that needed attention, from testing to housing. In addition to the report card, DC Appleseed has been a member of the DC Syringe Access Working Group, convened by the Washington AIDS Partnership to address policy challenges regarding syringe access and complementary services in the District of Columbia.

The District has come a long way since 2005, and so has medicine and science. We now have the tools to “end the epidemic” by preventing new infections and ensuring people living with HIV have access to treatment and care. In 2016, we partnered with the Department of Health and Mayor Muriel Bowser to issue a strategic plan to end the HIV epidemic in the District. The 90/90/90/50 plan is named for its ambitious goals: 90% of DC residents infected with HIV will know their status, 90% of those diagnosed will be in treatment, 90% of those in treatment will reach viral load suppression, and through these and other activities the District will see a decrease of 50% in new infections by 2020. We continue to partner with stakeholders and District agencies to implement the tasks outlined in the plan.

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Staff ContactAmber Rieke

Pro Bono Partners: Hogan Lovells US LLP and Paul, Weiss

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