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Teens Battle HIV Through Spoken Word

  • Suzanne Presto

WASHINGTON — HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is an epidemic in the capital of the United States.

"There's a community in our world where one out of 30 people are HIV positive," says Dr. Susan Blumenthal, a former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General. "That's higher than 15 African nations, including Rwanda and Angola, and that community is Washington, DC."

But there's a community organization called "Metro TeenAIDS" that is dedicated to helping young people in the U.S. capital, working to prevent the spread of HIV through its peer-to-peer programs.

They use the spoken word as a weapon in the battle against HIV.