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No time for complacency

Since the virus that causes AIDS was first identified in the 1980s, researchers have discovered a range of effective treatments that have turned what was once a virtual death sentence into a manageable chronic illness. People can now live for years with the disease, but that progress has come at a price: Many young people who came of age after the new therapies were invented have become complacent about avoiding infection, with the result that the proportion of new AIDS cases has risen sharply among that demographic over the last decade. As The Sun's Andrea K. McDaniels reported Sunday, the proportion of those ages 20 to 29 infected with the AIDS virus in Maryland nearly doubled...

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