Preventing HIV in the District

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‘Old Joburg General Hospital-53′
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We know the statistic: With more than 3% of the population living with HIV, the District HIV rate is on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya. But how can you make a difference in preventing HIV?  Here’s a way: the DC HIV Prevention Community Planning Group (HPCPG), an all-volunteer group that works with the DC government each year to create a prevention plan to stop the spread of HIV in the District, is looking for new members. Members serve a two-year term and have an opportunity to shape prevention programs in the District.

The HPCPG is currently recruiting new members from all backgrounds, with an emphasis on applicants representative of the following populations: youth (13-24), seniors (50+), men who have sex with men, injection drug users, and individuals living with HIV/AIDS.  If you’re interested in learning more, visit or download an application.

Shannon grew up in the greater DC area/Maryland suburbs, went to Virginia for college and grad school (go Hoos!), and settled in DC in 2006. She’s an urban planner who loves transit (why yes, that is her dressed as a Metro pylon for Halloween), cities, and all things DC. Email her at Shannon (at)!

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