Dan Rather Reports

Season 7 Episode 21

It's A Southern Thing

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jul 17, 2012 on HDNet
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It's A Southern Thing
(7/17/2012) More than 30 years into the AIDS epidemic in America, the popular image of the disease is badly out of step with reality. Today, the place in the U.S. where the HIV virus is hitting hardest is the South, which has over half of all new HIV cases in the country. The South also accounts for 53% of the HIV-related deaths in the entire country – meaning someone in Mississippi is 50% more likely to die of AIDS than someone in New York. And even though this part of our country is being so highly affected by the disease, the South still receives significantly less federal funding to fight HIV than any other region of the country. Our months-long investigation looks the reasons for this explosion of AIDS, including the shocking lack of education about the disease and the continuing social stigma of AIDS, forcing the patients into almost total secrecy. Also, an update on the fate of Blitz USA, a company that makes plastic gas containers that are alleged to explode.moreless

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