PBS NewsHour Launches Six-Part Series “The End of AIDS?”

Washington, DC (July 11, 2016) – Tonight on the PBS NewsHour (check local listings), the nightly news broadcast co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff launches “The End of AIDS?,” a six-part broadcast and digital series on various worldwide efforts to curtail the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

At the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa later this month, much of the talk will focus on the idea of “ending AIDS” through a series of bold initiatives recently outlined by UNAIDS. It’s called the “90-90-90” strategy: it involves getting 90% of people infected with the virus tested, 90% of HIV-positive individuals connected to treatment and 90% of them taking medication consistently enough that the virus is suppressed in their blood — making them far less likely to spread the virus to others. Public health officials believe hitting these goals will go a long way toward breaking the back of the epidemic. But can this strategy work in some of the hardest-hit places in the world?

PBS NewsHour correspondent William Brangham and producer Jason Kane, in partnership with Jon Cohen of Science magazine and with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, traveled to six places around the world with big plans for ending the epidemic: South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, San Francisco, Atlanta, and New York. By traveling to cities throughout the U.S. and Africa, NewsHour reports on the current status of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and how the bold initiatives recently outlined by UNAIDS are playing out on the streets and in communities.

The series premieres on broadcast on Monday, July 11. It continues each night this week and concludes on Monday, July 18.