‘A Modern Epidemic’

The Prophet (pbuh) said (paraphrasing) that you will find the things of other nations amongst those in my nation on less of it. There are a number of prominent Muslims including Omar Abdul Malik from Howard University’s hospital that have been working for a number of years with the Ryan White Grant in helping people with HIV/AIDS with a particular outreach to the Muslim community.

Dr. Suhail Rana is a Deen and Professor of Medicine at Howard University that has given Khutbahs and other events to educate the community about this terrible disease. I intend to be actively involved in World AIDS Day, Insha Allah.

Please see the article below

The first statistics ever amassed on HIV in the District, released today in a sweeping report, reveal “a modern epidemic” remarkable for its size, complexity and reach into all parts of the city.

The numbers most starkly illustrate HIV’s impact on the African American community. More than 80 percent of the 3,269 HIV cases identified between 2001 and 2006 were among black men, women and adolescents. Among women who tested positive, a rising percentage of local cases, nine of 10 were African American.

The 120-page report, which includes the city’s first AIDS update since 2000, shows how a condition once considered a gay disease has moved into the general population. HIV was spread through heterosexual contact in more than 37 percent of the District’s cases detected in that time period, in contrast to the 25 percent of cases attributable to men having sex with men.

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