The year 2013 saw some incredible strides made in the worldwide fight against HIV, but there is still a lot to be done, and a heavy public stigma against the disease remains. But Indiana high school senior Paige Rawl is working to fight it. Rawl was diagnosed with HIV at the age of 12, having contracted it at birth from her mother. After several difficult years, including an incident where her middle school soccer coach said she would probably score more goals because “other people would be afraid to touch her,” she realized that she could make a difference and help other kids with HIV. At 14 she became the youngest educator certified by the American Red Cross, and she spent much of 2013 traveling the country combating the stigma of HIV.
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