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HIV/AIDS Response Renovated in Capital

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Science  13 Jul 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6091, pp. 182
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6091.182-a

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Seven years ago, a public-policy nonprofit called DC Appleseed issued a scathing report about the sorry state of the response to HIV/AIDS in the nation's capital, which it said "lags far behind that of many other cities across the nation." The report called the epidemic in this city of 600,000 people a "public health crisis" and faulted the government for its fragmented leadership, marginal attempts to distribute condoms, weak programs for people with substance-abuse problems, and nonexistent surveillance data. Now, although D.C. remains among the hardest-hit cities in the nation, the nonprofit's most recent report says it "has made steady and significant improvements in its overall response to HIV/ AIDS."