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SHAPE's Women Who Shape the World: Meet the Top 8 Women Who Care

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SHAPE's Women Who Shape the World: Meet the Top 8 Women Who Care
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Nnemdi Kamanu Elias, M.D.: Putting safe sex on people's minds
Washington, D.C., has the highest HIV/AIDS rate of any U.S. city and an estimated 30 to 50 percent of infected people in D.C. don't know it. These are statistics that Nnemdi Kamanu Elias, M.D., the senior deputy director of the HIV/AIDS administration in the Washington D.C. Department of Health, wants to change.

Changing the world: Free HIV testing
"HIV and other STDs carry a social stigma so people don't talk about them or get tested, which only makes the problem worse," says Kamanu Elias, 39. "We've urged doctors to remind patients to get tested and offer it for free in clinics." And it's working: Last year, there were twice as many HIV tests done than in 2007.

What Nnemdi Kamanu Elias, M.D wants you to know:
Take control of your health. "From knowing your HIV status or watching your diet, you are responsible for your body."

Nnemdi Kamanu Elias stay healthy tip:
Become a multitasker. "I have a 2-year-old son, so I've set up a treadmill in the living room. So while he's watching Sesame Street, I can work out."

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