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Media Contact: Holly Korschun 25 May 2006    
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Public Broadcasting Features Emory Experts In 25th Anniversary of AIDS Coverage
Emory University HIV/AIDS experts are playing leading roles in Georgia Public Broadcasting's (GPB) programming related to the 25th anniversary of the first diagnosed case of AIDS. GPB, along with other public broadcasting stations nationwide, will examine one of the worst pandemics the world has ever known with the broadcast of PBS Frontline's "The Age of AIDS," Tuesday-Wednesday, May 30-31, 9-11 pm.

James Curran, MD, MPH, dean of Emory's Rollins School of Public Health and director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research, is featured in the program along with Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Dr. Helene Gaye, president and CEO of CARE USA; former President Bill Clinton; Cleve Jones, creator of the AIDS Quilt; and Noerine Kaleeba, founder of Africa's first AIDS support organization. In the early 1980s, while at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Curran was one of the first scientists to identify and track the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

In partnership with the Emory Center for AIDS Research, the Hope Clinic of the Emory Vaccine Center, and SisterLove, Inc., GPB will host in-studio phone banks staffed by AIDS experts who will answer viewer questions during both evenings of broadcast for the program.

GPB also will broadcast a special edition of its public affairs program "Georgia Weekly" that will feature Emory AIDS experts, including Dr. Curran, Jeffrey Lennox, MD, professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and medical director of the Grady Infectious Disease Program at The Ponce De Leon Center, and David J. Malebranche, MD, assistant professor of medicine.

"The Age of AIDS," filmed in 16 countries, examines the first medical and scientific mystery that emerged in 1981 and the frantic search by American and European scientists and epidemiologists to find the source of the deadly infection as they tracked its spread among gay men, intravenous drug users and hemophiliacs, and the general public. The concluding two-hour broadcast explores the chasm that emerged between the rich and poor following the development of the miraculous "triple cocktail" HIV treatment. It also examines the next wave of the AIDS epidemic in some of the most populous and strategically important nations in the world, including Russia, India and China, and tracks the same pattern of official denial and political indifference that characterized the epidemic in so many other countries.

Viewers who have questions about HIV/AIDS may call into the GPB studios toll-free at 1-888-685-2815 to speak with experts during the broadcast of "The Age of AIDS" Tuesday-Wednesday, May 30 and May 31 from 9-11 pm. Volunteers for the GPB phone bank were coordinated through the Hope Clinic of the Emory Vaccine Center and also include representatives from the following organizations: Emory Center for AIDS Research, AID Atlanta, AID Gwinnett, ARCA (AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta), AIDS Survival Project, NAESM (National AIDS Education and Services for Minorities Inc.), The Ponce De Leon Center, Positive Impact, Atlanta Harm Reduction Center and SisterLove, Inc.

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