WTOP Radio Series Examines HIV/AIDS in Washington, D.C.WTOP Radio -- a broadcast news station focusing on the Washington, D.C. region -- last week aired an eight-part series of one-minute audio reports examining the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Washington, D.C. According to WTOP, half of all HIV-positive U.S. residents are black and HIV/AIDS is the primary cause of death for blacks ages 22 to 45. Segments in the series examine the city's mix of poverty, drug use and a population that is 60% black; the increasing number of black women with HIV/AIDS; the stigma of HIV/AIDS in black communities; negotiating condom use; President Bush's efforts to fight HIV/AIDS; and efforts to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS in Washington, D.C. The series includes comments from Cornelius Baker with the AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families; Marsha Martin, director of the Washington, D.C., HIV/AIDS Administration; Patricia Nalls, founder of the Women's Collective; in Washington, D.C. and Gregg Pane, director of the Washington, D.C., Department of Health. The series also includes interviews with HIV-positive Washingtonians about their experiences living with HIV/AIDS (Robinson, WTOP Radio, 2/24).
Audio of the segments in RealPlayer and MP3 media formats is available online. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.