Monday, August 01, 2016

Why Are HIV Positive Characters and Storylines Hard to Find on TV These Days?

Gloria Reuben
Via NBC:
Since television remains one of the strongest forces to educate and inform the public about important topics and issues, the lack of storylines involving HIV and AIDS is relevant. Currently, there are only two television programs on major networks that include a recurring character that is HIV positive - and one of those, HBO's "Looking," is coming to an end this month. The other is ABC's "How to Get Away With Murder." When the NBC drama "ER" broke ground in 1996 by taking one of its series regulars, Gloria Reuben's Jeanie Boulet, and had her contract HIV, the storyline was groundbreaking for a number of reasons. It also came at a time when there was still an abundance of misinformation about people who were HIV positive. However, for all the good "ER" did two decades ago, HIV positive characters and storylines are hard to find on television these days. This would be fine if HIV and AIDS were a thing of the past, but, unfortunately, that is not the case. READ MORE