World AIDS Day 2008: Documentary on Infected African-American Women

In support of the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day, I’d like to share with you a documentary that will change the way you think of the face of AIDS in America.

All of Us” is a documentary that follows Ethiopian doctor Dr. Mehret Mandefro in the South Bronx who’s seeking the reason why there’s been such an alarming rise of HIV/AIDS infection among African-American women. And it’s deeper than just sex… Mehret discovers that because universal issues around love, trust and risky decisions made in the bedroom – AIDS affects women of all races, countries and socio-economic classes.

This award-winning documentary makes the point of crushing taboos and talking about sex in a real and responsible way – versus just pushing abstinence or haphazard, sexual liberation. Many are using the film in classrooms and as a teaching tool.

Watch President-elect Barack Obama’s address to the Saddleback Civil Forum on Global Health hosted by Pastor Rick Warren in Washington, D.C. where he acknowledges that “we must also recommit ourselves to addressing the AIDS crisis here in the United States with a strong national strategy of education, prevention and treatment, focusing on those communities at greatest risk.”

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