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Before AIDS got its name, it was a mystery disease killing mostly young, homosexual men in a horrible way -- and no one knew why.
There will be a celebration Saturday morning in the streets of Washington.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 19 million Americans come down with sexually transmitted infections each year. Roughly half are between the ages of 15 and 24.
A shuttle bus zipped around downtown D.C., Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle Thursday night with a sign on the side that read "Food & Friends Presents: Queen Force One." Inside, the bus drag queens on a mission to help others.
The District of Columbia has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the country, and nearly 40 percent of the people living with the disease are over age 50.
In less than two years, Virginia has eliminated the waiting list for a program that helps low- income residents obtain AIDS medication.
AIDS is graying. By the end of the decade, the government estimates, more than half of Americans living with HIV will be over 50. Even in developing countries, more people with the AIDS virus are surviving to middle age and beyond.
The federal government is pledging $5 million toward a military medical researcher's work on a dual vaccine to treat heroin addiction and prevent infection with the AIDS virus.
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