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HIV cases among teens in the Rio Grande Valley on the rise

The Rio Grande Valley now has 2,300 HIV positive cases, with about 200 new cases reported each year, according to the Valley Aids Council.

The Rio Grande Valley now has 2,300 HIV positive cases, with about 200 new cases reported each year, according to the Valley Aids Council.

Valley Aids Council Director of Education Oscar Lopez says several of these cases happen because many are not properly educated on safe sex or the precautions one should take.

"We need more parents to speak to their kids, just like they're hopefully talking to them about not doing drugs and staying in school," Lopez said.

Lopez says one out of five HIV positive cases involve a teen.

The Rio Grande Valley has also seen an increase in STD's, which is why Lopez is encouraging the community, parents and schools to not silence the topic, but speak about it because it can make a difference.

Currently, Donna Independent School District is the only school district in the Valley that offers sex education.

Lopez says he hopes more school districts begin offering the course not only educate, but to prevent.

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