Monday, 1 October 2007

HIV & me

Okay, this BBC2 program is probably going to freak me out...

Stephen Fry: HIV and Me
Tue 2 Oct, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm 60mins [Those are UK times, SK]

Following on from his widely acclaimed series The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, Stephen Fry sets out to tackle the largely forgotten world of HIV and AIDS in a timely and powerful new two-part documentary series.

Since the early 1980s when little was known about AIDS, 25 million people have died and over 40 million now live with the virus globally. 70,000 of those are in the UK - three times more than 10 years ago - and infection rates rising at an alarming rate. On an extraordinary journey, Stephen sets out to examine the world of HIV and AIDS today and, horrified by these figures, look at how it came to fall off our radar and who is most at risk today.

Astonished to discover that young straight people are now one of the fastest growing groups of new diagnoses in the UK, he goes out on a night out in Doncaster - once crowned 'HIV Capital of the North' - to give out condoms and chat to young people about current attitudes to HIV and risky sex. On Canal Street, Manchester's gay heartland, he goes clubbing with young gay men and meets one man who tells him he can count on one hand the number of times he has worn a condom but who bravely lets Stephen sit in as he takes an HIV test after a recent spell of unprotected sex.


1 comment:

m00nchild said...

ugh. that's all i can say. and the only thing i can ask: will we ever get past this?