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June 3, 2011

AIDS Alliance Featured in CNN's 30 Years
of AIDS Commemoration

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30 Years of HIV/AIDS
June 5th marks the 30 Year Anniversary since the first cases of AIDS were reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. To commemorate the many lives that have changed since this discovery, CNN interviewed our very own Linda H. Scruggs, Director of Programs at AIDS Alliance. The story of Linda represents the challenges, bravery and resilience of many HIV positive women across America. We hope you will take a moment to read her story below that is posted on
AIDS in the '90s: 'I wasn't going to die miserably
by Elizabeth Landau, CNN
June 1, 2011 9:11 a.m. EDT
Washington (CNN) -- She sat in a small exam room, down a hallway that gets even longer when she remembers it. That was where doctors told Linda Scruggs, 13 weeks pregnant, that she had tested positive for HIV. "They told me that I had the option of terminating the pregnancy to prolong my health, and they offered me, with the termination, five years to live," recalls Scruggs. "If I did not terminate this baby, probably me and the baby both would be dead within three years." That year, 1990, marked Scruggs' 25th birthday and her status as one of an estimated 1 million people in the United States infected with HIV. Click here to continue reading on