Ariel Jacobs
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Facing the Truth

Ariel Jacobs
Ariel Jacobs died of AIDS in 1998 at age 15. ()
Jacobs family
The Jacobses, during Sabbath prayer with relatives, are still angry at Cedars-Sinai. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Dawn Hartaway
Dawn Hartaway at 18, two years before she died of AIDS in 2001. Hartaway, born prematurely, was transfused with HIV-tainted blood at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. ()
Candy Pride
Candy Pride weeps as she talks about her daughter, Dawn Hartaway. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Kristen Lee
Kristen Lee a few months after she was born at Cedars-Sinai, where she was transfused with HIV-tainted blood in 1980. ()
Kristen Lee
Kristen Lee, 26, was told in 1995 she had AIDS. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Frankie Spalding
Frankie Spalding was infected at Cedars-Sinai in 1987, two years after the HIV test made it possible to screen blood for the virus. ()
Frankie Spalding
Frankie Spalding at home in North Carolina. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Noelle Simeon
In 1982, at 13 days old, Noelle Simeon received a blood transfusion. Her family later learned that she had contracted HIV from it. ()
Noelle Simeon
“I really have no bad feelings about Cedars,” Noelle Simeon says of her tainted transfusion. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Troy Anthony Blocker
Troy Anthony Blocker, son of Shevawn Avila. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Shevawn Avila
Just before her son Troy died, Shevawn Avila spoke to him words of comfort from the Bible. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Sam Kushnick
Sam, left, and Sara Kushnick at 18 months. ()
Sara Gorfinkel
Sara Gorfinkel received a stuffed dog, one of a set given by her parents, when she and Sam were 2. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
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