WASHINGTON (AP) -- DC health officials say they've seen an increase in the number of residents of the nation's capital living with HIV or AIDS.
The DC HIV/AIDS Administration 2009 report released on Wednesday shows that the number of cases in the District increased to more than 16,500. That up from about 15,100 in 2008, an increase of about 9 percent.
That means about 3 percent of DC residents over the age of 12 are living with HIV or AIDS. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has historically defined an HIV epidemic as severe when the overall percentage of the disease among residents of a specific area exceeds 1 percent.
Officials say they expected the number of cases to go up because of increased testing and longer life expectancy for people with the disease.