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Health officials in D.C. are asking senior citizens to think about HIV and AIDS.

D.C. has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the country, and about one in five newly diagnosed cases in the city is a person 50 years or older, city leaders say. Older people are often diagnosed later and therefore sicker because they don't think they're at risk, according to health officials.

Now D.C. plans to spend $150,000 a year over at least the next two years reaching out to the baby boomer generation. But talking to those aged 50 and above about HIV and AIDS is different from talking to adolescents, so health officials have developed a program specifically geared for older adults.

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