The US capital is suffering an epidemic of HIV and AIDS.
The city’s health department says three per cent of residents are living with AIDS, or HIV, a 22 per cent increase since 2006.
It means infections are spreading faster in Washington than in some cities in Africa.
Al Jazeera’s Monica Villamizar reports from Washington.
According to UN figures from the Middle East, at least 66,000 people contracted HIV in the region in 2007 with an estimated 25-thousand died of AIDS related illnesses that year.
But international organisations say that Arab Gulf states are failing to share information on Aids cases in their countries.
Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford has more.
Three out of ten pregnant women in South Africa today have HIV/Aids.
The Maternity Unit at Sowetos Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital delivers about 70 babies a day, many born HIV positive and who come into the world with no say in their care or management of the disease.