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Students Fight STDs Through Song

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By Jessica Gould

Laquesha Barnes can sum up how it feels to talk about sex in one word:

"Awkward! It was really awkward," she says.

But Barnes says it’s important for teenagers to get the facts about safe sex. That’s why, she says she’s so excited to be part of the cast of "Unprotected," a new musical produced by City At Peace and Metro Teen AIDS.

"If I can help the next person realize HIV is out here - it’s not just older people or it's not just gay people, like it's out here – then I’m willing to do it because I don’t want to see someone die from a virus," says Barnes.

Teenagers with the city's youth employment program performed in the play, which is based on their experiences.

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