More than 14,000 people in D.C. are infected with HIV, and perhaps none are as vulnerable as children and adolescents. As they come to terms with a challenging medical regimen, they also quickly learn to keep their HIV diagnosis a secret because of the pervasive stigma. In a special series, WAMU 88.5’s Kavitha Cardoza examines the effects of the epidemic on the District’s younger population.
Students in Washington, D.C. start having sex earlier than their counterparts in other areas of the country, have more partners, and have higher rates of STDs. That's why D.C. is changing how it educates young people about HIV.
Washington, D.C. has dramatically lowered its number of babies born with HIV thanks to better screening and medical advances, but teams of medical professionals are still working to treat hundreds of children infected with the virus.
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