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Epidemiological Overview

HIV Prevention Plan

From the District of Columbia HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Epidemiology & Surveillance Annual Report 2011 Update (as of the end of 2011):

718 HIV cases diagnosed in 2011

15,056 people are living with HIV/AIDS

People Living with HIV/AIDS
72% male
28% female

75% Black
17% White
6% Hispanic
2% Other

Mode of Transmission
39% men who have sex with men
33% heterosexual contact
4% injection drug use
22% risk not identified
2% men who have sex with men/injection drug use

(Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding.)


Download the Washington DC Comprehensive HIV Prevention Plan for 2012-2015

The plan was created by representatives of affected populations, epidemiologists, behavioral and social scientists, HIV/AIDS prevention service providers, health department staff and other stakeholders, who analyze the course of the epidemic in DC, assess and prioritize HIV prevention needs, identify HIV prevention interventions to meet those needs, and develop an HIV prevention plan that responds to the epidemic. Along with the HIV Prevention Community Planning Group’s recommendations, the plan contains information on the HIV prevention needs of various behavioral risk populations, and prioritized behavioral risk populations.

HIV Prevention Planning Body

Health Department

The District of Columbia HIV Prevention Planning Group (HPPG) is the group that guides HIV prevention in the District of Columbia, along with the DC Department of Health's HIVAIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration (HAHSTA.) Members of the HPPG include residents of the District who are interested in HIV prevention, researchers and academics, healthcare providers, and staff from community-based organizations. HPPG members reflect the diversity of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the District. The HPPG is responsible for determining which populations are in greatest need of HIV prevention services, as well as deciding what are the best ways to meet those needs. HAHSTA, in turn, is responsible for implementing and funding programs and services that match the HPPG’s recommendations. Bylaws.

HIV prevention programs are coordinated by the DC Department of Health, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration (HAHSTA).

Phone: 202-671-4900

Local Prevention Partners

HIV & STI Testing Sites

Information about organizations providing HIV preventions services is available here.

Many locations in Washington, DC offer free or low-cost HIV/STD testing. Information about free local HIV testing facilities is available here or by calling the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration (HAHSTA) at
(202) 671-4900 or 311. Information on free STD screening is available here.

Homegrown Interventions

Key Links


DC Department of Health, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration (HAHSTA)

The District of Columbia HIV Prevention Community Planning Group (HPCPG)

Washington, DC

HIV in the US and Urban America

Data and Surveillance

Expert Links

2011 Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services | Photos: See Change (www.see-change.com) and istockphoto.com (models for illustrative purposes).