AIDS in America
America's continuing HIV epidemic and how everyday people are coping with, and fighting to stop the spread of the disease.
More than a million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS, and it's estimated that at least a quarter of them don't even know it yet. And while many of us might still think of it as a largely gay, male and white disease; the figures show a very different story, with most new infections among African Americans and other people of color.
In this edition of My America 2008 from "The Tavis Smiley Show," the issue of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in America and the effort to battle the changing epidemic through outreach and more effective public policy.
Producer Eve Troeh reports on the methods that many anti-AIDS agencies are exploring to increase the effectiveness of treatment and to broaden the outreach of testing facilities in minority communities.
Jennifer Kates, the Director of HIV Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, examines recent poll data conveying America's attitudes and opinions towards the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
"The Tavis Smiley Show" is a weekly show offering a unique blend of news and newsmakers in expanded conversations, along with feature reports and regular commentators. "The Tavis Smiley Show" is produced by Tavis Smiley productions, and distributed nationwide by PRI. This piece is a part of the "Tavis Smiley Show’s" series "My America 2008" which profiles the challenges and triumphs of everyday Americans and how their lives will be affected by the plans and policies of the Presidential candidates.