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According to the CDC, more than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and almost 1 in 6 is unaware of their infection. New HIV infections in 2011 were 49,273, while 32,052 people were diagnosed with AIDS. Through 2010, approximately 636,000 people in the U.S. had died of AIDS-related complications.

 

The District of Columbia has the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the nation. A reported almost 2.4% of District residents are HIV infected, though some official estimates place the number higher. The HIV/AIDS rates START at Westminster combats place the District on par with the pandemics of some sub-Saharan African nations. DC is also an urban capital of Hepatitis A, B and C, as a result of its significantly high rate of substance-abusers. Since START began in 2010, 6,590 people have been screened for HIV, with 91 confirmed positive test results.

 

In a city with an admirable and diverse field of HIV/AIDS service organizations (ASOs), START at Westminster prides itself on having carved out a unique niche for its grassroots prevention programs and life-saving educational services targeting local communities most in need, the least likely and sometimes the most challenging populations to serve. Few other area organizations have START at Westminster’s demonstrated and active commitment to harm reduction principles and practices in its HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis A, B and C prevention approach.

 

Our programs include:

Over 1, 073, 128 cases of AIDS have been diagnosed in the U.S. through 2008. There are more than 54,000 new HIV cases annually and 37, 151 persons diagnosed with AIDS in the US in 2008. Through 2008, 597, 499 people have died in the U.S. of AIDS-related complications. The District of Columbia has the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the nation. A reported 3% of District residents are HIV infected, though some official estimates place the number as high as 5%. The HIV/AIDS rates START combats places the District on par with the pandemics of some sub-Saharan African nations. DC is also an urban capital of Hepatitis A, B, and C, as a result of its significantly high rate of substance-abusing populations.

 

In a city with an admirable and diverse field of AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs), START at Westminster prides itself on having carved out a unique niche for its grassroots prevention programs and life-saving educational services targeting local communities most in need, the least likely and sometimes the most challenging populations to serve. Few other area organizations have START at Westminster’s demonstrated and active commitment to harm reduction principles and practices in its HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis A, B and C prevention approach.

 

•  Mobile Unit HIV Counseling, Testing, Referral Services

•  Partner Counseling Referral Services

•  HIV/AIDS Prevention Education 101

•  Safe & Grown: Older Adults HIV Prevention Education Trainings

•  Hepatitis ABC Prevention Workshops

•  Injection Drug Use Harm Reduction Principles and Practices Workshops

•  Needle Exchange Services

•  Medical Navigator and Social Service Referral Services

•  Saving Lives Condom Distribution

•  Weekly  Jazz, Blues, Health, and Wellness Socials (Mature Audience Programming)

 

 

 

 

 

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START at Westminster

Westminster Presbyterian Church

400 I Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024

 

P 202.863.8450  |  F 202.484.8544  |  gkerr@startatwestminster.org

 

 

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