In 2007, Washington, DC was confronting a severe HIV epidemic. In a city of about 500,000 adult residents, there were 1,311 newly reported HIV cases in a year and 3.0% of adults and 6.3% of black men were living with HIV. Since then, DC has worked hard to end the HIV epidemic, and reduced new cases 79% by 2019
However, DC still has the highest HIV rate in the country, with 39.2 infected per 100,000 people. And although 90% of people with HIV in DC know their status, there is still a significant number who don’t know their status and unintentionally pass on HIV to others.
To help end the HIV epidemic in DC, Thrive DC is partnering with the CDC Foundation to reach the hardest to reach populations - those who are least connected to healthcare, and who have the highest distrust of institutions.
Thrive DC offers onsite HIV Self-Testing kits to any clients who are curious about their status, and connects people who test positive with medical partner organizations for more testing and counseling. We also host awareness events, and provide 1:1 counseling sessions to people concerned about their health.
Working together, we will end the spread of HIV in the District