According to Eleanor Moonier, a spokesperson for In the Life Media, 30 years after the first AIDS case was reported in the United States, more than a million Americans are HIV-positive, that most recent statistics report that one in five HIV-positive Americans don’t know they are HIV-positive, and that 56,000 are newly infected each year. However, mainstream media coverage has given little attention to the epidemic’s ongoing impact, Moonier reports.
Says Marjorie J. Hill, PhD, chief executive officer of GMHC, in the episode: “We’ve been able to stabilize the HIV epidemic - not stop, not reduce - stabilize.”
The episode concludes with a frank discussion about HIV prevention and the National AIDS Strategy featuring Gun Hill Road actress Harmony Santana and Reverend Charles King, CEO of Housing Works, who criticizes the White House for inaction on the epidemic, saying: “I feel that President Obama needs to be called on HIV and AIDS just like President Bush needed to be called on it.”
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