“Youth have this false notion that HIV is something to play with because of the new meds that allow people to live much longer as a chronic illness,” she said. “But being HIV-positive is not a walk in the park. And there are ways to avoid it — always use a condom and get tested regularly. Why do people keep refusing to take these simple steps?”
EMPOWERING LIVES: Christine Stroy-Martin (l-r), Teresa Jones, Dr. Resta Mehta and Vanessa Mills, are senior members of the staff at Empower “U,” Inc. in Liberty City.