ABCNews’ ‘Nightline UpClose’ Profiles AIDS Activist Mary Fisher
ABCNews' "Nightline UpClose" last night profiled AIDS activist Mary Fisher, a member of a prominent Republican family who announced at the 1992 Republican Convention that she had AIDS. As a "straight, white, conservative woman," Fisher helped break stereotypes about who can become infected with HIV, according to ABCNews. On the program, Fisher discussed her experiences living with HIV in the decade since her diagnosis; the changes in treatments; her "guilt" over being able to afford antiretroviral treatments when there are many people in many countries who do not have access to medication; her experiences with lipodystrophy, a condition sometimes caused by antiretroviral drugs in which fat redistributes improperly in the body; and her "global battle to increase awareness" about HIV/AIDS in developing countries (Martin, "Nightline UpClose," ABCNews, 9/5).
A video excerpt from the program is available online.