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Lynn DeMain

According to an online report posted by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control, women today account for more than one quarter of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses. The majority of women who become infected are exposed to the virus through heterosexual contact. In 2002, HIV infection was the leading cause of death for African American women aged 25–34 and the 5th leading cause of death among all women aged 35–44 years. In the third of a trio of InFocus segments addressing HIV/AIDS in Southern Illinois, we hear the story of AIDS survivor Lynn DeMain, who works as a client representative for Heartland Human Services in Effingham, Illinois. DeMain shares her story about living with HIV/AIDS, the discrimination she and her children have faced, and the support group she has founded to help other HIV positive women.

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