"Thirty years ago, a positive HIV status was considered a death sentence. As treatments for the disease have advanced over the past three decades, we're wondering how younger people view the disease today."
Hundreds of people e-mailed and commented with their reactions. We also gathered reactions from young folks we met on the street.
Crystal Roberts-Lee has lived a tough life, and her HIV has, in some ways, been the least of her worries.
She was addicted to heroin and cocaine. Her daughter went to prison. A scorpion tattoo crawling across her neck marks the day her husband died from AIDS. Now, at 59, Roberts-Lee is the healthiest she has ever been.
"After I take my medicine, it's just a normal day for me," she says. "I go on with whatever I have to do. If I'm just out and about, I feel like I'm just like the next person."
Roger Williams, memorialized with a statue in Prospect Terrace Park, founded Providence in 1636. According to crime writer Bruce DeSilva, corruption set in not long after.
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Dedicated in 1878, Providence's City Hall has seen its fair share of corruption.
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Author Bruce DeSilva shows NPR's Jennifer Ludden around Providence's America Street, where he imagines his main character, Liam Mulligan, lives "in an apartment furnished with a Salvation Army mattress, an ancient Frigidaire and not much else."
Providence, R.I., has a history of mob violence rivaling that of New York or New Jersey, but it comes with a gritty intimacy that could only be found in the nation's littlest state. Author Bruce DeSilva says that's what makes Providence the perfect place to set his crime fiction.
"It is big enough to have the usual array of urban problems," he says. "But it's so small that it's claustrophobic. It's very hard to keep a secret in places like that."