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The age of AIDS

Published by : WGBH Education Foundation Physical details: 240 mins. color / B&W Year: 2006
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Twenty-Five years after the first reported cases, FRONTLINE presents The Age of AIDS. Featuring interviews with Bono, President Clinton, Dr. David Ho, and dozens of other prominent AIDS activists, policymakers, and scientists, the documentary examines how and why humanity has failed to stop the spread of HIV. Filmed in 19 countries this epic four-hour seroes chronicles the scientific breakthroughs, political struggles, and human cost of the AIDS pandemic.

Part One: follows the trail of a medical mystery. In 1981 five gay men in Los Angeles were diagnosed with a deadly new disease. The film traces the international response in the first uncertain years of the epidemic, contrasting moments of inspirational leadership with the tragedy of missed opportunities. It reveals the astounding story of how the virus spread from one infection around 1930 to over 70 million infections in 2006.

Part Two : begins with hope and the development of the "triple cocktail." But with success comes new challenges. A chasm emerges between the rich and poor nations and the epidemic threatens to explode in the "Next Wave" countries. Most experts believe that there is no end in sight, so how will the world handle the next phase of The Age of Aids?