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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - A. Toni Young
D.C. health officials and volunteers credit the alliance of government, researchers and community members as the main force for improving the local approach to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the lives of those with the disease.
"The HIV/AIDS epidemic in the District of Columbia was more like turning around the Titanic in the Potomac — that's how awful it was," Ms. Young said.
Change came in 2007, she said, when the D.C. government teamed up with the National Institutes of Health to conduct studies on people living with the virus.