“1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV. For years, Blacks have been most impacted by the disease. Black men make up 11% of the U.S. population, but represent 42% of the new HIV infections. Black women comprise 12% of the U.S. population, yet they account for 64% of all new female HIV/AIDS infections. One in 32 black women will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. One in 16 black men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetimes. If Black America were its own country, it would rank 16th in the world for people living with HIV.” -NAACP
Endgame: AIDS in Black America traces the history of the epidemic through the experiences of extraordinary individuals who tell their stories: people like Nel, a 63-year-old grandmother who married a deacon in her church and later found an HIV diagnosis tucked into his Bible; Tom and Keith, survivors who were children born with the virus in the early 1990s; and Jovanté, a high school football player who didn’t realize what HIV meant until it was too late. From Magic Johnson to civil rights pioneer Julian Bond, from pastors to health workers, people on the front lines tell moving stories of the battle to contain the spread of the virus, and the opportunity to finally turn the tide of the epidemic.
End Game: AIDS in Black America aired on July 10, 2012.
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