Cassandra Steptoe (center) rehearses a performance with fellow actresses as part of The Medea Project, in San Francisco. Steptoe wrote and performs an autobiographical monologue in the production about being HIV-positive. Farida Jhabvala Romero/KQED hide caption

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"Everyone that's in there right now has probably done it," Clyde Polly says about Opana injections at his home. Seth Herald for NPR hide caption

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Inside A Small Brick House At The Heart Of Indiana's Opioid Crisis

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Dr. Dorry Segev (right), of Johns Hopkins Medicine, led the team of doctors that transplanted an HIV-positive liver and kidney into two different HIV-positive patients this month. Johns Hopkins Medicine hide caption

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New Source Of Transplant Organs For Patients With HIV: Others With HIV

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African-American men who have sex with men face a high risk of becoming infected with HIV. Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Blend Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Fred Muzaya, a 26-year-old Ugandan who has AIDS, prepares for a spinal tap to relieve the pressure in his skull, brought on by the fungal disease cryptococcal meningitis. Patrick Adams hide caption

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Doctors sew a kidney into a recipient patient during a kidney transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2012 in Baltimore, Md. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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HIV-Positive Organ Transplants Set To Begin At Johns Hopkins

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The documentary Back On Board follows the career of four-time Olympic champion Greg Louganis. HBO hide caption

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'Who Am I Without My Sport?' Greg Louganis On Life After Olympics

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Transgender performers walk backstage during an event to mark World AIDS Day in 2013. A new WHO report demonstrates extremely rates of HIV infection among transgender women in 15 countries. Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Transgender Women Face Inadequate Health Care, 'Shocking' HIV Rates

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Nurse Brittany Combs of Scottsburg, Ind., delivers clean needles to a member of the needle exchange program. Users must have a membership ID card to exchange needles. Seth Herald for NPR hide caption

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Volunteers search for needles and other drug paraphernalia along Church Street in Austin, Ind., in April. The region has recorded 142 new HIV cases since December, according to the state, in an outbreak tied to injected-opioid use. Seth Herald/Nurphoto/Corbis hide caption

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CDC Warns More HIV, Hepatitis C Outbreaks Likely Among Drug Users

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Needle exchange programs, like this one in Portland, Maine, offer free, sterile syringes and needles to drug users. The programs save money and lives, health officials say, by curtailing the spread of bloodborne infections, such as hepatitis and HIV. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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Indiana's HIV Spike Prompts New Calls For Needle Exchanges Statewide

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Truvada can dramatically reduce the risk of HIV infection when taken as a preventative medicine — if taken every day. Studies are underway to determine if young people are likely to take the pill consistently. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Would A Pill To Protect Teens From HIV Make Them Feel Invincible?

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A December celebration launching a partnership between members of the Garifuna community and a doctor in New York. The collaboration is aimed at reducing the HIV infection rate among the Garifuna. Alexandra Starr/NPR hide caption

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An Unlikely Alliance Fights HIV In The Bronx's Afro-Honduran Diaspora

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Augustine Goba (right) heads the laboratory at Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. He and colleagues analyzed the viral genetics in blood samples from 78 Ebola patients early in the epidemic. Stephen Gire/AP hide caption

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Could This Virus Be Good For You?

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David Adam is a writer and editor at the journal Nature and was a special correspondent at the Guardian, writing about science, medicine and the environment. Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC hide caption

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Why OCD Is 'Miserable': A Science Reporter's Obsession With Contracting HIV

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In Philadelphia, some drug users are selling clean needles from needle exchange programs on the street. Researchers say the black market isn't necessarily a bad thing. ImageZoo/Corbis hide caption

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Needle Exchange Program Creates Black Market In Clean Syringes

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