Whitman-Walker defends needle exchange in letter to House/Senate conferees
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Whitman-Walker defends needle exchange in letter to House/Senate conferees

November 12, 2001

Chairman Joseph Knollenberg
District of Columbia Appropriations Subcommittee
2349 Rayburn House Office building
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20015

Dear Chairman Knollenberg:

As Executive Director of the Whitman-Walker Clinic, the largest HIV/AIDS service provider in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, I urge you to recede to the Senate on the Needle Exchange provision of the District of Columbia Appropriations Bill and allow the District to use its own local funds for this life-saving public health program.

As you know, the District of Columbia has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the nation. As of December 31, 2000, more than 13,000 people had been diagnosed with AIDS, and more than 6,600 people were living with AIDS in the District. Approximately one-third of all AIDS cases in the District are attributed to intravenous drug use. The spread of AIDS can be prevented, and one scientifically proven way to do so is through needle exchange programs.

Thank you for your continued support for the District of Columbia. As you consider this issue, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to call me at 202/797-3511.


A. Cornelius Baker
Executive Director
Whitman-Walker Clinic

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