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Advocates Advise AIDS Tests Before Returning To School

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By Jessica Gould

D.C. Public Schools start up again tomorrow morning. But some students are already getting tested.

Young love can be fickle.

In fact, Courtney Hinton says, it tends to change with the seasons.

"In the summertime, relationships drop off because people aren’t seeing each other, and then at the beginning of the school year, a new relationship will begin or that same relationship will pick up again," she says.

Hinton is an advocate with Metro Teen AIDS. And this weekend, she’s making the rounds -- from backpack giveaways to basketball games -- to help students get tested for STDs.

"Knowing your status at the beginning of the school year before you start a new relationship is important to keep both parties safe and healthy," she says.

Hinton says Metro Teen AIDS will continue its back-to-school testing effort next weekend at The Arc in Southeast, D.C.

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