We've come a long way in the battle against HIV/AIDS. However, we must remain vigilant: We cannot ignore the startling statistics of new HIV infections of gay and bisexual men, especially among black and Hispanic men.
Over 3 percent of Washingtonians aged 13 and older are living with HIV/AIDS. This rate is three times what the World Health Organization classifies as an epidemic. I'm both heartbroken and enraged by the tragedy taking place in our own backyard.
In a sad twist of irony, the White House proposal to rollback critical health benefits, essential to the control of HIV/AIDS, is emerging on the one-year anniversary of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, unveiled by Obama in July 2010.