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Living with HIV and AIDS has taught these six women many important lessons. Regan says she wants all women to know that they need to get tested, even if they're in monogamous relationships.

"People need to get tested on a regular basis and take responsibility for their own status," she says. "Women need to know that this is a matter of protecting yourself. ... Buy condoms and insist that men wear them."

Chelsea hopes that sharing her story will help people open their minds and be less judgmental of those living with HIV.

Yvette nearly lost her life due to AIDS-related illnesses. She hopes that women will take her message to heart and start protecting themselves from the virus. "It can happen to anyone," she says. "HIV does not discriminate. It doesn't care what color you are, what nationality, religion. If you have unprotected sex one time, you can become infected."
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Published on October 26, 2006

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