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February 13, 2003

Albany State students got some advice on how to avoid getting HIV Thursday. They heard from an author who goes by the name of Conscious. She's gone through a lot including being molested and using drugs as a child, to becoming h.i.v. positive as an adult. She wanted the students to know she's not giving up.

 "No matter where you are stuck in life, you can untangle and come back from adversity, there's a thing called resillience," Merle Soden, also known as Conscious, said. "Students need to know no matter what obstacles are, they can overcome them."

The author of "Getting Unstuck" said she's grateful ASU was the first historically black college to allow her to speak. She says she's been ostercized by many schools because she talks about taboo subjects like homosexuality and repressed memories.

posted at 5:39 p.m. by dave.d'marko@walb.com