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Without testing, HIV remains elusive and a nagging concern

WASHINGTON Robin Thomas is a bounty hunter. An HIV bounty hunter. She hears of people who have fallen off their treatment, then hunts them down. She calls, knocks on their doors, sees them at a local clinic; all part of her fight against the stigma of being HIV positive. It's one of the lasting, most persistent battles against the disease that first surfaced in the early 1980s. Thomas and others say it's among the reasons why HIV human immunodeficiency virus, which weakens the immune system so it can't fight off disease is often undiagnosed and as a result, unknowingly spread. "I see clients who are really expecting to die sometimes," Thomas said. "No...

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