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SUMMARY: POSITIVE AND POOR, LIVING WITH HIV IN DC -- HIV-positive Shana Reynolds-Fairley contracted the disease from her husband, a drug addict that discovered his diagnosis at the same time she did, 8 years ago. With her husband in prison, Shana has passed in and out of hospitals and hospices, but continues to work to live in her family's home, which she is fighting to keep out of foreclosure. HIV has destroyed the insides of her bones, shutting down her immune system, keeping her wracked with pain and preventing her from working. The HIV infection rate among heterosexual African American women in the poorest neighborhoods of the District of Columbia nearly doubled from 2010 to 2012, from 6.3 percent to 12.1 percent. Shana is one of the women struggling to survive in our nation's capital.
WASHINGTON, DC -- HIV-positive Shana Reynolds-Fairley rests in bed after having her mediport replaced during outpatient surgery the day before August 27, 2014 in Washington, DC. Shana's mediport became clogged while she was undergoing treatment for a lung and urinary tract infection at Johns Hopkins University earlier this month. A mediport is a tube that sits under the skin and allows doctors to pump medication directly into Shana's heart.
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