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A St. Charles, Missouri, baby was injected with HIV by his father nearly two decades ago. At times during his childhood, he wasn’t expected to live. But today, Brryan Jackson is a college freshman and an outspoken advocate for those living with AIDS. It was a story that shocked the nation. In 1992 , when Brryan Jackson was just 11 months old, his lab technician father injected him with HIV-tainted blood.

He did it to avoid paying child support. His father was sentenced to life in prison and Brryan was left to fight a disease, that at the time, was considered fatal.

As a child, Brryan’s daily routine involved 22 oral medications and two injections. One of those medications affected his hearing and his speech.

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