Thirty years ago scientists discovered the first cases of AIDS in the U.S. At that point there weren’t even names for the disease, and contracting the HIV virus was in virtually every case a death sentence.
Medical advancements have changed that prognosis, but for those living with the disease, HIV/AIDS is still a struggle involving physical side effects and social attitudes. There are organizations that distribute federal, state and local resources. And many work to educate and prevent further spread of the disease.
One of those organizations is the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. David Ernesto Munar is president and CEO there, and he joined Eight Forty-Eight to look at the history and future of HIV and AIDS.
Music Button: Karsh Kale, "Island," from the release Cinema (Six Degrees)