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Georgia: Girls, Be Firm -- AIDS Doesn't Discriminate

April 23, 2008

A project to determine the role self-esteem plays in girls' decisions about sex has brought national recognition to an Atlanta teenager. Danielle LeePow designed a survey and polled 327 African-American teens across metro Atlanta. "I learned that self-esteem is influenced by body image and how girls see themselves and how they are viewed by society," she said. "I learned that a lot of young people think that HIV/AIDS is an epidemic that cannot affect them." LeePow's project was named a national finalist in the Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition, which is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She plans to use the $15,000 scholarship she won to attend either Howard University or the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor this fall.

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Adapted from:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
4.23.2008; Helena Oliviero


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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