District’s HIV/AIDS Report Card

March 23, 2006, DC Appleseed issued a report card monitoring the District of Columbia government’s progress addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Overall, it’s better than average, but still a lot of work to be done. The District is still leading the nation in infection rate. Report Card for 8/05 to 3/06 below, full report at the site address above.

Leadership
Make HIV/AIDS a top public health priority in the District.
B-
HIV data
Publicly report data on HIV infections in the District.
incomplete
Surveillance staffing
Fully and appropriately staff the office responsible for tracking the spread of HIV and AIDS.
incomplete
Grants management
Improve the management of grants to organizations that provide HIV/AIDS services.
B
Rapid testing
Offer rapid HIV testing at District-run facilities (including STD clinic, D.C. jail, TB clinic, and substance abuse treatment facilities).
B
Routine HIV testing
Develop citywide strategy for routine HIV testing in all medical settings.
C
Condoms
Significantly expand condom distribution in the District.
D
D.C. public schools
Adopt system-wide health education standards, including HIV/AIDS prevention.
B-
Syringe exchange services
Fund complementary services provided by the privately-funded syringe exchange program.
B-
Substance abuse treatment
Increase the availability of substance abuse treatment programs in the District.
D+
HIV/AIDS among the incarcerated
Improve collection of HIV and AIDS data in D.C. detention facilities.
C+
Website
Improve the HIV/AIDS administration’s website.
B+

Prepared by DC Appleseed. PH. 202.289.8007

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