HIV educator helps women learn from her mistake

In her 20s, Precious Jackson got HIV while in a relationship. Now she teaches women with partners in jail how to lower their risks and train peers to do the same. She also speaks at black churches.

Growing up in South Los Angeles, Precious Jackson said she was attracted to the bad boys. “My father was a bad boy,” she said. He was a hustler, a pimp, a drug addict. But Jackson also saw him as a gentleman who provided for his family. “I chose guys that emulated my dad,” she said

The excitement ground to a halt in 1998 when she received a letter from her then-boyfriend, who was in prison for drug possession. He was HIV-positive, he wrote. Jackson had tested negative before the relationship began. Her next test came back positive.

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