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04/09/2013 09:41 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Recovering Your Life: Substance Abuse Fuels HIV Rates But It Can Be Overcome

In 2012, viewers of NBC’s hit show "The Voice" heard Jamar Rogers blow the roof off his version of “Seven-Nation Army” by the White Stripes, earning him a spot on judge Cee Lo Green’s team and a journey that took him to semifinalist. Viewers also heard the story of how Rogers rebounded from a longtime crystal-meth addiction and an HIV-positive diagnosis in 2006 to a new life as a pro singer. His brave disclosure made headlines around the world.

But the story the slickly packaged show didn’t have time for was just how the brutal addiction led the 31-year-old belter to getting HIV -- and how, since he tested positive for the virus, he has had to struggle daily to keep drugs out of his starry new life.

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