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$25 million initiative aimed at attacking D.C. AIDS epidemic

Wednesday, January 13, 2010; B03

The District government and the National Institutes of Health announced Monday the launch of a $26.4 million initiative to attack the city's HIV/AIDS epidemic with expanded testing and treatment to reduce the level of the virus in its victims and hopefully decrease their chances of spreading the disease.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will work with the D.C. Health Department and the city's largest health care providers to evaluate patients' patients and measure the impact of testing and treatment.

The effort will focus heavily on African Americans, who represent 76 percent of the city's 15,000 HIV/AIDS cases. Two studies conducted by the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services will research the behaviors of the most at-risk groups, gay African American men and heterosexual African American women.

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