DC Fights Back is an all volunteer grassroots HIV/AIDS advocacy group in Washington, D.C.. DC Fights Back's mission statement is, "DC Fights Back (DCFB) is an all-volunteer network of people living with HIV/AIDS and their allies working to engage ourselves & our communities in every aspect of HIV advocacy for District residents and to end stigma to ensure the best possible treatment & care for those living with HIV/AIDS and implement the best possible science-based HIV prevention for everybody."
Washington, DC's AIDS rate is the worst of any city in the country, nearly twice the rate in New York and more than four times the incidence in Detroit, and it has been climbing faster than that of many jurisdictions. The HIV epidemic in Washington, DC is considered a "generalized epidemic" in that the disease has spread beyond so-called "high-risk" groups, injection drug users(IDU), commercial sex workers(CSW), and men who have sex with men(MSM). It was into this landscape that DC Fights Back was formed on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2005. DC Fights Back grew out of numerous community groups and associations that formed in DC in response to a perceived lack of local government leadership on the issue of HIV.