Healthy Living: Documentary ‘Quiet Heroes’ tells the story of the beginning of the Aids crisis
In tonight’s Healthy Living, a drug that reduces the risk of getting the virus that causes Aids by 90 percent is not being used by those who need it most.
The pricy “anti-HIV” pill Truvada is covered by Medicaid, Medi-Call and most insurance companies.
But a new study by the University of California shows it’s not reaching gay and bisexual black and Hispanic Americans.
The study shows they make up 70 percent of people in the U.S. most at-risk of HIV infection, yet only one percent of African Americans and three percent of Hispanics in this group are getting the drug.
Researchers say it’s likely because of a lack of knowledge about the medication, mistrust of doctors or denial of their HIV risk.
A filmmaker with ties to San Diego is making news with a documentary about the history of the Aids epidemic.
“Quiet Heroes” premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
It’s the story of an infectious disease specialist from Utah and her compassionate medical crew who, starting in 1981, cared for and treated more than 1,000 Aids patients when no one else would.
“Quiet Heroes” should be released to the public later this year.