Every 10 minutes, someone in the United States contracts the AIDS virus. Half are black. Thirty years after the AIDS virus was first reported among gay white men, nearly half of the 1 million people in the United States infected with HIV are black men, women and children -- even though blacks make up just 12.6 percent of the population. “If black America were a country, it would have the 16th highest infection rate in the world,” says Phill Wilson, founder of the Black AIDS Institute.
But how and why is HIV so much worse in black America? Can something be done -- on a personal level, policy level or community level -- to bring about an end to the epidemic?
ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America, airing Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), by award-winning filmmaker Renata Simone (FRONTLINE’s The Age of AIDS) takes viewers on an unprecedented two-hour exploration of one of the country’s most urgent, most preventable health crises. Three years in the making, this groundbreaking documentary film tells the story of how, from the earliest days, prejudice, silence and stigma allowed the virus to spread deep into the black community.