In 2007, Washington, DC was confronting a severe HIV epidemic. In a relatively small city of about 500,000 adult residents, there were 1,311 newly reported HIV cases and 3.0% of adults and 6.3% of black men were living with HIV. The public health response to the epidemic in the nation’s capital was sharply criticized by the community and media, and the academic HIV research community was small and disjointed.
The DC CFAR was founded in 2010 to galvanize and lead the academic response, with a wide array of implementation, evaluation and scientific research activities which together contributed to a dramatic 79% reduction in newly diagnosed HIV cases in DC from 2007 to 2019.
Contributions of the DC CFAR to the Epidemic Response
DC CFAR investigators have contributed to the local response to the epidemic in a myriad of ways – providing technical support to DC Health, providing HIV care and treatment to thousands of People Living with HIV (PLWH) at academic and community clinics, conducting research on key populations and interventions through pilot and supplemental awards and leading large NIH-funded research studies in DC.
Supported by the following Co-Funding and Participating Institutes: NIAID, NCI, NICHD, NIDCR, NHLBI, NIDA, NIMH, NIA, NIDDK, NINR, NIMHD, FIC, and OAR. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH. (P30AI117970)
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