Thursday, August 24, 2006
OUT OF CONTROL: AIDS IN BLACK AMERICA
I try hard not to promote TV, unless it is Something that really needs to be seen.
There are two shows that I am promoting this week, Spike Lee's Documentary on HBO on Katrina.It will indeed break your Heart. Maybe some of the Elected Reps will watch it while on "Recess". I can only hope.
The Other Show I am asking people to watch this week is called "Out of Control: AIDS in Black America", it is on tonight at 10pm ABC. This was the last documentary Peter Jennings worked on before he died, and there is a segment in which you can see him at his finest. Terry Moran worked on this Special for over a year, it is about a Hidden
Crisis in this Country. AIDS is Huge in Black America in this Country. It is being ignored and denied on so many levels, yet it is rampant. And it is about Sex..and Lies.
Lies about how we Talk about It...How we Teach about It....We need to find a way to teach our Young and Talk to Our Young...And Protect them. We need to find a way as Men and Women to talk about Sex.
We can not be Treating AIDS and SEX the way it was treated under Reagan,because it is
already causing staggering rise in Numbers in HIV and AIDS in all ages, and male and female....We can talk about AIDS in Africa- but we ignore Here At Home ? WHY? How can that Happen? And why are we letting it ?
And we have hourly Viagra Ads and Cialis WHERE are the CONDOM ads, we should be seeing them on as much as more than the Wonder Drugs. STD and HIV Numbers are up in the 13-23 age group, and that can only be blamed on Abstinence Programs and a lack of Education and a lack of Protection. Leading cause of Death in black women 23-44, AIDS.Black Women HIV infection rate is 14-20 times that of white women. We need to examine Why this is happening. It is not just about Relationships, it is about socieconomic situations, about healthcare, and about Hidden Stigma....When do we talk ? When?
68% newly diagnosed HIV- Black women. Women should matter more than becoming a blaring statistic. If it were a White Women Epidemic would it be getting noticed?
And yes, it is also about the Religous Right and how they have Infected our Government, and it does have effect on Medical Decisions and Care. The Stem Cell Debate and the Right to Die Debate is all effected by these People that have limited Medical Knowledge forcing their beliefs into Policy. It is Wrong, and it is indeed Killing People.
So I am asking you to watch this Special tonight, and ask some hard questions. I also am asking that you watch with your kids, and ask the Questions together, and that you Talk....to each other....about Sex and about Love...about Relationships.
*** Painting by James Gwynne called The Embrace, available on Absolutearts. Go Explore, beautiful art.***
*** Yeah, and for the weekend reading I will post some of my AIDS stories as an old nurse. I think I need to post them***