Rhode Island Project AIDS has mailed out nearly 5,000 letters apologizing for a personalized fund-raising campaign that shocked recipients because it said "you have AIDS."

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Project AIDS Executive Director Anne Marie Silvia said the project received about 30 to 35 calls about the letter. She said three-quarters of the people strongly objected to the wording.The fund-raising letter began: "I'm sorry to tell you this, but your tests have come back. You have AIDS." It was a come-on, part of a mailing designed to build support for a May 31 AIDS walkathon.

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