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you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realize everything you thought. i'm sorry welcome to the big picture. many in the black community long memories and today have a clear distrust for government run health agencies part of what drives it to torkel perspective disenfranchisement. is very very much aware in the communities we still have many communities are talking. conspiracy. to kill. people. that people don't like to say.
that a government would make an effort to destroy people but black people have had a history. of this experience that was carried on by the federal government for thirty years one thousand nine hundred to one thousand nine hundred seventy two and people said at that time this is a way to get rid of the black population so that's corriveau to have to think of. that kind of planning but we have an entire museum. in washington do see the holocaust memorial museum which is the most important. in the united states that everybody should go to that museum. because it's not just about the death. six million people. it's about a government of intelligent people deciding to get rid of
a population. they thought was a contaminant. you see adolf hitler use the term tear in that in german animal people said. as he spoke about the soo much interviewer through rich. sold people who think conspiracy theories conspiracy they're not set up a conspiracy is when one segment makes a play and against the interests of another segment and the other segment doesn't know anything about it. and when it comes to matters of mental health and therapy. not guy. was. half. the time it's. this. is getting
back to you. was to. try to. just. haven't done. and i think until you know even in the medical school curriculum you know. when to we talk about it heavy an important it is going to go into the next generation. is not just ignorance and stigma associated with the disease but in lack of compassion to keep. my mouth. by nineteen ninety five h.i.v. infections among black americans had surpassed white america. blacks accounted for forty percent of all newly infected h.i.v. cases. the most startling discovery was to learn that african-american
women accounted for a greater proportion of new aids cases among african-americans overall in two thousand and three. it rose to become the number one cause of death for black women ages twenty five to thirty four and persis this day. after ten years from now. my husband and three year old daughter and maybe age of twenty nine discovered to have. my third child was born very sick. we didn't know what was wrong with her no one was able to tell us what was wrong she was in and out of doll spittle and by the time she was about two my husband began to get six my husband wasn't feeling well he had
a cough we kept going to different doctors kept misdiagnosing him first they said he had allergies they gave him allergy shots then they said he had tb they tested him he's fine it doesn't have to be after about a full year of trying to figure out what was wrong they then said ok your blood count is really low he went into the emergency room and they said well you probably have a bleeding ulcer so let's admit you to the hospital and let's check you for you know where that is and we can take care of it they kept misdiagnosing him because he was a family man he was married on a home we had children in private school so we didn't fit that stereotype of what people with aids are h.i.v. look like people have histories people have done things in their lives.
but he had been clean for over ten areas so they didn't see any marks they didn't see anything that they thought was suspicious i guess that's the assumption and so they're never asked him so what happened is that people's perception of who got aids got into way. so by the time they figured it all out he did not have a bleeding ulcer and they then said ok we need to ask you some other questions you know have you ever done drugs and those type of questions and then he said yes several years ago when i was in the service. and they tested him and he came back with full blown aids. fellow even while my husband was sick and dying in a huff but all the you know i made up i did like many of us that you know i made up stories of what he had been one telling the truth. because of discrimination
because of fear because of him i don't want to people to be afraid of me he die on january first new year's day of course it all made sense then what was wrong with the baby and then she died. on into a bag here. i tested myself and my two other children thank god they were healthy and they've given that virus but i. when i was diagnosed i was very sick i was ab pounds i had no t. cells and i was extremely ill so i was diagnosed with aids diagnosis not an h.p.v. diagnosis i was given less than two years to live in the course of six brief months
lost her husband of ten years three year old baby girl and was herself diagnosed with aids. when she reached out to her family i'm blessed that i have the family that i do we don't talk about it but i have never felt like they were afraid to be around me for many of those newly infected with hiv aids silence acceptance by family and friends is often not enough after everything happened i went to one support group then it was all guys they were nice men. and i was the only woman the problem with that was many of those guys were talking about things like how do i tell my parents or my family that i am homosexual. they were those were dear conversations and they are fears and discussions of course when i
brought up i am in panic i just lost my husband my baby i have an eight in a four year old i'm going to die so what do i do with my kids i have to stop working i'm now on disability i went from two incomes to a fixed income a disability check i'm trying to figure it all out so of course i think i'm going to die because that's what i was told and for women for mothers our our focus now becomes not even about herself. it's about our children what's going to happen to our children my children are going to be orphans i can't even stand to be in the house with them and watch them playing because i was so heartbroken that i'm going to be leaving and i could identify with the guys in the group so i figure i need to talk to some women and see if my only one with this or or or what recognizing that her doctor was seeing other female patients. came up with an
idea i asked my doctor if i could put a flyer in our in our office. some of the women so the whole a flyer in her office i put a secret phone line in my home because lots of family and friends didn't know i was dealing with this issue and started ringing and i started we started talking to each other just on the phone none of us wanted to show our faces and as we became more comfortable i would meet them in a coffee shop and we started giving each other support that way and then started to support in my home where women will come together bring their children and. talk cry prepared for death and all of those things they were doing pretty much as. women's group revealed. concerns. from the support group. quickly realize that services for women wore nonexistent if moms need to get to the
doctor she was given a token to get on the bus to the doctor. she wasn't given enough tokens to take the children to the doctor with her so basically she had no childcare she had no transportation so she couldn't go to the doctors she ended up not seeing a doctor so we became a network of women and we shared our our very limited resources we shared our trans. try to. say. children. including. your system.
group brave souls. able to accommodate the growing number of. women in her home. ground. and started. in washington d.c. . where men are. taking care of children. parents. our own. to take care of everybody. and i think. that is. helpful. and support women around the support system. to help them to be able to take care of themselves.
download the official cation to your cell phone choose your language stream quality and enjoy your favorites. if you're away from your television. well it just doesn't matter now with your mobile device if you can watch our t.v. anytime anywhere. i think education is definitely one of the more important pieces to it because people are getting the wrong information and they're spraying this wrong information out there we learned about the technical aspect of how you catch it what it is what it stands for right not like percentages and things like that and
who are mainly affected by. yes just like general education knowing that stuff like when i took such that in school you never really learned about a child being late we just learned late about puberty and about how to put a condom on but they don't really teach you stuff like hiv prevention and who falls into that category of who has it we're minimum in sex and we're going to show you are great men having sex they don't shoot at all either you know it's very important to know about going to times about a man and woman having sex and the risk of what happens whenever a female on a femur are male male we need to broaden that a little bit larger so we know you know we need we need we need to be straight you need to be gay but we need to know information is unheard of and i think it's also important that parents talk more with their children about it we don't talk a lot about that with us kids even today it's still kind of hard to broach that subject with the young people but it is so important. my mother was famous for this
and you do it in the back you will get a true she's made it all the time to do mom i'm a virgin turned through the rough you know you that you doing the right you going to get a model i'm pretty sure that's not cancer that's how you catch it. it's so she found out how to really get it she was like a lot that was a gay man's disease i thought they were given to us and i thought that's how you get it just from doing that i do have a big increase my nose and i do. it could i find it funny how when parents automatically assume that your child is going to be shared i mean and they kind of force feed into it that is why a lot of conversations about hiv and aids don't really it doesn't really happen in the household because you're taught. you're kind of taught by your parents to be sure and you know to talk about anything that involves your sex life because you're not street is kind of only you know taboo to bring into your house and so you go
i'm not going to talk about you know things that i can get you know by having sex because my mom doesn't want to hear about me having sex with another guy and for me is it's not even about just having sex with the same sex or opposite sex it's not having sex at all so it doesn't get beyond it just don't have sex and i'm not even wins you get married type stuff just on sex and you know procreation what if i'm thinking about it you know i'm interested and all i can talk with my parents about it i don't feel like i can talk to them about that because they already say what they expected as soon as six so i'm like ok if i do have sex what will happen i lack get pregnant what about this on my kids. i don't know what they are i'm young i don't know an week slowmo h.i.v. we don't need to get to that because it's a don't have that i think many more open dialogue about it people are still very very nervous about talking about their sexual health and their sexual behavior
talking about sex and it's pretty normal in my group of friends but when they come some like a child be an online education step s.t.'s on it. that's not their homework and it's really awkward but we do talk about it it's not like it's not existed but usually when i hear other people so i'm out issues in life all so my guess unattractive or ugly will face on their person not their sauce or. all the same stuff so it's usually in a negative not inspiring or educational light but with my personal friends my close friends issues is why we are. educating people all we're just talking about trying to figure out what what we know what's true and simply just saying. my place in the plane. the press on the plane. tonight. and i see. people not just. with the abundance of information now available about h i v. snub their noses
up the statistics they believe that as with vitamins all they have to do is pop a pill if they should become hiv positive. community like we do desensitize ourselves so much from aids i mean people as i always a mental disease if you can manage it you've got to have deep pockets they manage if you don't have insurance because i don't think the average person can pay fifteen thousand nine hundred dollars in rent and still pay two hundred dollars a month for medication and for those for whom money is not a concern there is a physical cost to taking drugs to fight hiv take four pills take one pill and take a bacterium pill because the keep infections and stuff away and then i take. the opportunity which is helps with the pain in the morning. and so i take that as six o'clock in the morning i wake up take medication because. i didn't recover from
second the medication and i had to go to my pill container and i'm out of water in the mornings when i wake up i just open the pill bottle take the pills drink the water may back down let the side effects go through this. pain tiredness everything that i go through just let it all go through enough that. i'm good. the data is that even well treated even with the best drugs someone with age is going to live a shorter life than someone doesn't have a type i have a lot of friends on these drugs at this point both in africa and here and you know if they can go back and change that and live a life free of a trivium i know for certain that they would. with thirteen percent of the population yet we have the highest rate of infection again it goes into not a single answer. if i look at how blood pressure what we'd be if i looked at colon
cancer where will we be if i look at breast cancer where will we be if i look at. pick one it is clear that the tremendous growth of hiv and aids in america's black community is driven by many factors yet no matter whom we spoke to physicians clergy political leaders and those afflicted with the virus it was clear that the real culprits behind the epidemic are ignorance miscommunication and most importantly a collective silence about how it is transmitted what it means to live with hiv and its phenomenal spread across black america. if we sincerely want to help the spread of this virus this is a problem that frankly is substantially preventable if there were really good public health campaigns if people were really focused on this problem you certainly
should be able to have a lot less h.v. a lot less human suffering and you would and that would mean a lot less energy and resources both in better societal level but also personally trying to deal with it down but why would some of the thirty six thousand london in the mid 1980's and you couldn't turn on the television without seeing the commercial about each having a child be a child be you know can protect yourself be attested etc you know day after day after day after day after day after day after day. that's public health education in my view we have not hand at a level of intensity from public health education. can you still don't have a bill we are still talking about any increase in the number of cases and we need to talk more to people who other people trust in the communities like for example the hair salon the barber shop we go there all the time we have conversations in there about everything you know so you know getting the right information it's in
places like that places of worship getting the correct information that's a beer can can really help kind of hope this disease do you think. that more conversation is better if you don't. but you really need is leadership to somebody right so well that happen to have been the case in the community that there was there was a paraphrase playwright larry kramer was a real leader in this conversation and in zimbabwe and in uganda in congo there were singers who were leaders in this conversations and other places or political leaders who didn't maybe could be almost anybody can write maybe somebody has to stand up and take this on it doesn't matter who it is it's just long as i person cares and is persistent and compelling and i think what's going to eventually happen as far as in our community is that we need to start living young people not even young people just people in general understand the power of the voice because
eventually was going to happen is that. the new media is going to be this for today because as they see it they. put the video. now cellphones you go upload photos directly to youtube all these different things is that now they have the power to tell the story. as more people living with hiv step forward to tell their stories we will no longer be able to ignore them and pretend we are safe the conversation must be taken to the schools inside the homes and throughout the community to eradicate the myths and fears that feed this preventable disease. today african-americans account for fifty percent of all new h. i.v. infections every year unless we start talking to each other we will become dependent on drugs to live. with succeeding generation.
where you live and me. why would she. did h.i.v. . to be noticed since before the most pressing people pianist's underground labs hiding beneath the radios would you fall for. one of the african monkeys theory conflicts with biology somehow that don't submit stolidly districts knowledge and if so with no fisa how to travel across borders probably you know how to look across borders if you don't want. to sit there you never see no plane to can identify with the life you've been in this disease kills and make you know being ignorant to kill this disease in significantly prevent from being ignorant can feel the ambivalence not bulis may
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