WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

HIV/AIDS Panel Looks At New Tactics To Prevent Disease

Play associated audio

 

D.C. is exploring new ways to fight the city’s HIV epidemic through the District's first ever panel specifically dedicated to addressing the disease.

One of the recommendations discussed Monday at the Mayor's Commission on HIV/AIDS involves requiring insurance companies to cover HIV testing in emergency rooms. Aggressive testing for HIV remains one of the city’s main objectives and ER testing is seen as a way to catch the infection early.

Another recommendation involves housing. Officials want to see if it’s possible for HIV-positive people to jump the queue and bypass the long waiting list for public housing. As one health official put it, when it comes to the virus, housing is prevention; HIV-positive people with stable housing are less likely to transmit the infection to others.

At least 3 percent of city residents are living with HIV or AIDS -- the highest rate in the country.

 

NPR

After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

Shark Week is here, and scientists are afraid. Not of the toothy swimmers — but of inaccuracies, bad science and the demonization of animals that aren't as ferocious as Discovery Channel has made out.
NPR

Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
WAMU 88.5

Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

NPR

Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.