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AIDS is DC’s Katrina

June 10, 2009
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I noticed this a couple days ago on my way home from the metro, but there is a new bus stand ad.  The glare makes this a bit hard to see, but that is the image of Bush looking out over the Gulf Coast after Katrina.  I was first struck with this because fighting AIDS is one of the few issues that made Bush popular with some people domestically, but wildly popular in many countries he helped.

And Bush does deserve credit on this issue.  However, while AIDS was being fought overseas, it has continued to run rampant in DC. And this is the irony of it all.  While Bush was working so hard to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa, DC–where he lived for 8 years–had a higher infection rate than some of those nations he was trying to help.

The point of the ad is to encourage President Obama to act, and I’m hoping that is frequent trips into the District keep in grounded in the problems the city face.

DC Aids

And here is a video on the latest statistics of infection rates in the District from the Washington Post.

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