December 1, 2016

World AIDS Day

We’re recognizing Worlds AIDS day this week. From the origins of the AIDS epidemic, to talking with those who lived through that era, to dismantling the misconceptions that surround the disease, North Gate Radio has you covered. In this episode, reporters Coby McDonald and Brad Bailey will take you back to the origin of AIDS all the way to the current efforts that are being done to combat the disease.

A group advocating AIDS research marches down Fifth Avenue during the 14th annual Lesbian and Gay Pride parade in New York, June 27, 1983. This year’s parade is dedicated to victims of the incurable disease AIDS which primarily afflicts homosexual men. (AP Photo/Mario Suriani)

A group advocating AIDS research marches down Fifth Avenue during the 14th annual Lesbian and Gay Pride parade in New York, June 27, 1983. This year’s parade is dedicated to victims of the incurable disease AIDS which primarily afflicts homosexual men. (AP Photo/Mario Suriani)

CREDITS:

PRODUCER: Juan Reyes
ASSISTANT PRODUCER: Rosa Kwak
ANCHORS: Brad Bailey and Coby McDonald
REPORTERS: Rosa Kwak, Nathaniel Mahowald, Anna Sturla, Chloe Lessard, and Brad Bailey
ENGINEER: Lacy Roberts



INDIVIDUAL STORIES FROM SHOW

The Films and Impact of Marlon Riggs

In the late 1980’s AIDS ravaged communities around the country. One of the hardest hit were urban African-American and gay communities. In this climate, filmmaker Marlon Riggs rose to prominence. Riggs was gay and African-American, and his films gave an insight into the particular challenges that community faces with regard…

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3 Stories, 2 Decades, 1 City: The AIDs Crisis in Chicago

HIV is a chronic disease, responsible for the slow death of more than nineteen thousand people each year in the US alone. In 1995, during the peak of the crisis, AIDs killed more than sixty thousand a year. Reporter Nathaniel Mahowald brings us stories from one family in Chicago to…

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Patient Zero

In the early 1980s, young, seemingly healthy men started showing up in hospitals with rare types of cancer and pneumonia. Doctors and researchers didn’t know yet that these were symptoms of the HIV virus, which would end up killing thousands of people across the United States. One hypothesis suggested there might…

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PrEPared

There’s a once-a-day pill you can take to prevent HIV called PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis. It’s a fairly new drug, but trials suggest it’s highly effective. Maybe you’ve seen ads for it on Bart trains or clinic brochures. The ads usually target men who sleep with other men. But these…

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Stories from the Castro

The AIDS epidemic was a scary and unknown time and it hit cities especially hard, even right here in San Francisco. There are those who lived and survived through that time. Come recognize World AIDS day today as Rosa Kwak talks with two individuals who paint a solemn past and hopeful future regarding…

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