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AIDS in St. Louis, Part One

Student holds red ribbon poster on World AIDS Day in China.
(Reuters file photo)
Student holds red ribbon poster on World AIDS Day in China.

By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis, MO –

The sudden emergence of the SARS virus has focused the attention of medical professionals around the world in a way not seen since the early 1980's, when the HIV-AIDS scare dominated the news of the day.

Though less attention is given to HIV these days, the virus remains a serious health threat that infects up to 50,000 people each year in the U.S. alone.

In the first of two reports, KWMU's Kevin Lavery takes a look at the growth of the epidemic in the St. Louis region.

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