The statistics about HIV/AIDS in the black community can be depressing. Blacks continue to be infected in disproportionate amounts. Of the more than 1 million people in the U.S. infected with HIV, nearly half are black. Although blacks only account for 13 percent of the population, the disease is a primary killer.
A new documentary airing Tuesday on PBS uses candid interviews with basketball legend Magic Johnson and others to reveal how and why HIV is worse in black America and whether something can be done to bring an end to the epidemic. The Frontline documentary, “Endgame: AIDS In Black America” was produced and written by Renata Simone, who first debuted a series The Age of Aids on Frontline in 2006.
The Advocate reports:
In an intimate interview, Johnson explains how he contracted the virus, what happened when he told his pregnant wife, Cookie, and how he feels about living with the virus. “Well, I’m not cured,” he says. “I’m doing what I’m supposed to do. So no there’s no cure. I’m living with this virus in my blood system and in my body, and I’ve got to be careful.”
Watch the trailer for the series below.
The documentary airs tonight 9 p.m. EST on PBS. Check your local listings for programming.
Are you going to watch the documentary? Why do you think HIV/AIDS is worse in black communities?