Sound Off: Actress Jurnee Smollett on World AIDS Day

I've never known a world in which HIV/AIDS didn't exist. Growing up, images of the virus were sewn into my memory; the colorful panels on the AIDS Quilt; the shiny red ribbons my mom wore; the tragic death of Ryan White; and Magic Johnson's press conference. What affected me most of all was the heartbreaking story of a little girl not much older than myself who was born with HIV. Until Hydeia Broadbent boldly shared her story on daytime talk shows like Oprah, it hadn't dawned on me that little girls who looked like me were at risk. Here's what you had to say: Carla commented via Facebook: "We need to have more honest discussions about sex and intimacy." Sheila wrote via Facebook: "The real shame is in not knowing. Get tested!"



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