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My Conversation With Phill Wilson, Black AIDS Institute

11/26/2013 06:26 am ET | Updated Jan 26, 2014

Tonight on PBS, I sit down with Phill Wilson, founder, president and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute. As we approach World AIDS Day on December 1, Wilson reminds us that despite scientific breakthroughs, African Americans account for 44 percent of new infections, even though they make up only 14 percent of the population.

Wilson, who has lived with HIV for 34 years, says access to affordable health care is critical in the fight against HIV/AIDS. In the clip below, he explains why poverty and HIV/AIDS are inextricably linked.

For more of our conversation, be sure to tune in to "Tavis Smiley" tonight on PBS. Check out our website for your local TV listings: www.pbs.org/tavis. After the show, tweet me @TavisSmiley #PhillWilson and let me know what you thought about our conversation.