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'AIDS is DC's Katrina' Ad Challenges Obama to Act on U.S. Epidemic
Date:6/2/2009

Provocative 'Katrina' Ad Placed on Bus Shelters throughout Washington and Companion TV Spot Highlight CDC's Failure at HIV Prevention; Prod President Obama to Act on AIDS

HIV Prevalence Rate in Washington Recently Surged Past 3% -- Higher than Lagos, Nigeria

WASHINGTON, June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Using Washington, DC's AIDS epidemic as the lens through which it highlights the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) failure at HIV prevention in the United States, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the nation's largest AIDS organization, will unveil a provocative print ad, "AIDS is DC's Katrina," that will appear on 60 bus shelters on street corners throughout Washington beginning, June 1st. The ad contrasts an iconic photo of an indifferent George W. Bush looking out the window of Air Force One at the devastation and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans with a close-up photo of a seemingly homeless person's pair of hands holding tightly onto a piece of a battered corrugated cardboard with the phrase, "AIDS is DC's Katrina" scrawled in red across the cardboard. The ad, which AHF produced after the recent revelation that the HIV prevalence rate in Washington surged past 3% -- higher than the rate found in Lagos, Nigeria -- also includes the Web site URL www.changeAIDSobama.org, and is intended to prod President Obama to act forcefully on AIDS. AHF is one of many AIDS groups nationwide that have been critical of the president's silence on AIDS during his first four months in office.

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