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Lawrence Stallworth II, 20, of Cleveland, Ohio, left, speaks on a youth panel at the International AIDS Conference in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — More high school students are using condoms than 20 years ago — but progress has stalled with a lot of work still needed to protect young people from the AIDS virus, government researchers reported Tuesday.

Today, 4 of every 10 new HIV infections occur in people younger than 30, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and the teen years, just as youths become sexually active, are key for getting across the safe-sex message.

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