LaRon E. Nelson's was 12 years old when he learned his estranged grandfather was dying.
"They didn't call it HIV," said Nelson, remembering family conversations about the grandfather he never knew.
"I remembered that people were getting this disease, like Rock Hudson and Magic Johnson. And how I understood it was that this guy, my grandfather, had also contracted this disease and was dying."
[Source: Jenkins alumni battle spread of HIV in Africa]