New Documentary Seeks An End to AIDS In Black America

A new Frontline documentary is taking a look at the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the black community. In 2011, HIV was more prevalent in Washington, D.C., than in many African countries, including Rwanda, Ethiopia and the Congo.

The 19th International AIDS Conference conference comes to the United States July 22-27, the first time the conference has been held in the United States since 1990.

A travel ban that had restricted people infected with HIV from entering the U.S. was lifted by President Barack Obama in 2010.

The global conference will be held in the American city worst affected by the pandemic: the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. The city is predominantly black, and the black community is the racial group at the center of the country’s epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black Americans represent approximately 14 percent of the U.S. population, but accounted for 44 percent of all new HIV cases in 2009.

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