Every week at Jackson Memorial Hospital, teens and young adults who were either born with HIV or infected at a young age meet. They call themselves the Kool-Aid Kids. They've defied the odds and lived to a time when HIV is a manageable, albeit chronic, disease.
CNN recently profiled them
, and today they're a hopeful group. Many of the members are thriving. The treatment of the disease has greatly improved during their lifetime. The number of pills they take each day has dwindled from more than two dozen to less than half a dozen. Many have lost parents and friends to AIDS, but now life expectancy has improved. One infected couple is even raising a healthy 5-year-old daughter; thanks to the power of today's medication, she was born HIV-negative.