Last night Frontline premiered the documentary, Endgame: AIDS in Black America, looking at the increasing amount of African Americans living with this disease.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s now estimated that although African Americans only account for 14 percent of the U.S. population, as of 2009, we accounted for 44 percent more cases of HIV.
This year the 19th International AIDS Conference will be held in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C., the first time it has been in the US in over 20 years.
It seems fitting, since last year HIV/AIDS was more prevalent in Washington D.C than in some African countries, including Rwanda, Ethiopia, and the Congo. A staggering statistic.
Though the topic of HIV & AIDS is often a hard one to discuss, documentaries like this help shed light on this growing epidemic, and what we need to do to reach the “endgame.”
If you missed the premier on PBS last night, watch it in its entirety here.