Friday, July 4, 2014

Lisa Ling tackles H.I.V/A.I.D.S in Black America on OWN Channel


The recently aired piece features five black people from all around the U.S. who are HIV positive.  The OWN piece notes that African Americans are 8 times more likely their white peers to be HIV positive. The timing of the broadcast falls in line with National HIV Testing Day.

The featured HIV-positive individuals include a 46-year-old woman, Kimberly, who believes her second husband knowingly infected her with the virus. She allowed microphones as she broke the news to her siblings. It was a tear-jerking moment for her family and OWN viewers.

Then there is 56-year-old Daphne, who works in one of the poorest neighborhoods in DC to help HIV positive women.  Ling asserts that an alarming 3% of DC’s population is HIV/AIDS positive, which puts the city’s HIV/AIDS rate at or even higher than some third world countries. Daphne, a divorced mom, was diagnosed after a brief relationship with a man who was fresh out of prison.

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