The Department of Health's HIV/AIDS Administration (HAA) is currently preparing an updated version of its free ''Directory of HIV/AIDS Services in the District of Columbia,'' first released in May of this year, to include more agencies that provide HIV/AIDS-related services.
''We're going to do a new edition in the beginning of the new year,'' says Michael Kharfen, one of four people from HAA who prepared the 60-page directory of Department of Health-funded agencies providing HIV/AIDS-related services.
''This is the first time we've done this,'' Kharfen says, ''but it's our intention to do this now on an annual basis.''
Kharfen says the directory provides ''as comprehensive as we can, a range of services that are available to people with HIV and or their caregivers, as well as information on where you can get tested for HIV and an assortment of other information resources.''
Organizations or groups in Washington that are providing such services, as well as preventative efforts, and are not already listed in the directory are asked to contact HAA to be included in the next edition.
''We're happy to send out, or give out, multiple copies to groups that can make this available.''
For a copy of the ''Directory of HIV/AIDS Services in the District of Columbia,'' call 202-671-4900, or download a PDF version of the directory at http://doh.dc.gov.