Debut Episode of New Discovery Health Series Examines HIV, Other Infectious Diseases
The debut episode of a new Discovery Health Channel series, "Kill or Cure," focuses on infectious diseases, including HIV, bubonic plague, influenza, tuberculosis, malaria and smallpox, as well as breakthroughs in their detection, prevention and inoculation. Guests on the program "Infection" include AIDS researcher Dr. David Ho of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, virologist Dr. Simon Wain-Hobson of the Paris-based Pasteur Institute, African hospice workers and African and American HIV patients. Describing what makes HIV different from other infections, Wain-Hobson said, "HIV is pandemic in less than 20 years. The curve is going up. Three million people died last year. This is more than the loss to tuberculosis. This is more than the loss to malaria ... This is the big one." The program also explores social stigmas connected to HIV in the United States, Australia and Africa. "Infection" airs Sunday, Sept. 23 on the Discovery Health Channel. Check local listings for show times (TV Guide, 9/21). To view a short clip from the program, click here.This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.