by September 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm 1,975 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]


Whitman-Walker Health at 14th and R NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is on Thursday, September 27, and Whitman-Walker Health will observe the annual day with expanded HIV testing at various locations.

“Getting tested is the first step to, if needed, getting treatment that will not only keep you healthy but protect your loved ones,” said Whitman-Walker Executive Director Don Blanchon. “If you do not need treatment, it’s an opportunity to learn again how to stay safe.”

HIV Testing Locations

This Thursday, Whitman-Walker Health will offer free and confidential testing at the following locations:

  • Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW: 11 am until 1 pm
  • MPD Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit, 1369-A Connecticut Avenue NW:  5 until 9 pm
  • Whitman-Walker Health Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, 1701 14th Street NW: 9 am until 5 pm
  • Whitman-Walker Gay Men’s Health & Wellness Clinic, 1701 14th Street NW: 6 until 8 pm
  • Whitman-Walker Health Max Robinson Center, 2301 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE: 9 am until 4:30 pm

According to Blanchon, one in seven gay or bisexual men in DC has HIV, and one in three Black gay or bisexual men in DC has HIV. No appointments are necessary at any of the locations.

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by August 26, 2008 at 7:02 pm 1,780 0

Good Lord. The possibility of someone plopping their baby or toddler into a pool — let alone a public pool — in a diaper just never occurred to me. Wouldn’t common sense prevent the average parent from doing such a thing? Apparently not. This is from a City Desk post at Washington City Paper about Francis Park Pool (a place I used to frequent in my younger days).

Pooping in the Francis Pool

Warning: Grossness ahead!

A few years back, the District renovated the Francis pool, at 25th and N Streets NW, to include a wade-in kiddie area. The change ushered in a major demographic shift at a pool that was once the province of mostly gay guys in thongs. Today, the pool is a regular hangout for the Bugaboo stroller set. The change has also turned the pool into a major public health hazard, as those gaggles of babies in swim diapers are a major source of effluence at the popular public pool. Read full post.

I am rather… speechless.


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