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Girl, Positive Premieres Tonight (6/25/07) on Lifetime Television

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I admit it is ironic that I am promoting a TV movie, but this one sounds like it might be worth watching, or in my case, begging someone to tape for me. Lifetime has partnered with the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Advocates for Youth, and other organizations to raise awareness about HIV testing. This movie starring Andrea Bowen (Desperate Housewives) and Jennie Garth (Beverly Hills 90210) is a powerful story about Rachel, a high school senior whose carefree world is disturbed by news that a popular athlete, and former sex partner, died unexpectedly and was an intravenous drug user. Rachel fears she may be infected with HIV, is encouraged by a teacher to get tested, and must come to grips with this life-changing news.

According to the U.S. National Office of AIDS Policy, half of all new HIV infections occur in people under age 25, and one-fourth of these new infections are contracted by people under the age of 21. Girl Positive may be a great way to start a conversation about safer sex and HIV with your teens.

Photo Credit: Robert Miller

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Dr. Brown is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent health.

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