Docu-Series Dirty 30 Offers Modern Outlook on Living with HIV/AIDS

Published: November 25, 2014

Jason Parham
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According to the Center for Disease Control, blacks account for almost 50 percent of all new HIV infections among adults and children in the U.S. It is a staggering statistic when you consider blacks represent less than 13 percent of the entire population. Globally, living with HIV and AIDS is a debilitating reality for 35 million people, and an everyday existence for someone you possibly know and love. But the face of the disease today—predominantly black men and women, and "men who like to have sex with men"—has become a matter discussed with less frequency. With that in mind, director Hannelore Williams set out to present a fuller, more vibrant picture of the epidemic thirty years since the virus was first identified.

The result was Dirty 30, a 10-part docu-series that will debut on YouTube on December 1st. Williams, who studied at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, has previously admitted that the series is for "people who don’t want to talk about HIV" and hopes episodes—which range from motherhood and digital love to humor and coping—will reach viewers on a personal level. Our conversation appears below.

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