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AIDS to me is really scary. And, I don't think a lot of kids take it all that seriously, because they don't believe it will affect them. They are frightened by the stories, but still on a certain level, they don't really worry about it, because they think, "Oh, it can't happen to me." Unfortunately, it seems that the only way that a lot of people really get interested in educating themselves about it, or protecting themselves against it, is if they come directly in contact with it. There was a girl in one of my classes, who said she had a cousin, who died of AIDS. She didn't know the cousin that well, so, she wasn't too dramatically affected by it. But, now she's a lot more aware. In general though, I think more teenagers are becoming more aware, being more cautious, and are being more supportive of people who have AIDS, and things like that. I think teenagers really need to learn about AIDS because they're one of the most susceptible groups, even if they don't know it. Because of peer pressure or whatever, teens are more sexually active than ever. I think it's important for us to know more and to talk about it, because we're a group that can spread information really fast.

Age: 16