Aug 18, 2008
Im Directing a play about HIV, however it was written in the late 80's. The characters talk about being HIV carriers, but not having the disease themself. How is this possible? Did we use to think people could simply carry the virus?
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Yes, there were many misconceptions about HIV/AIDS in the early days of the epidemic. For a perspective of that time, try reading Randy Shilts's book, "And the Band Played On" or watch the movie "Longtime Companion."
It might be a good idea for you to write a short note in the Playbill program notes that explains this historical fact, so those attending the play will not be confused. It's also a great chance to slip in some HIV/AIDS awareness/prevention information.
Good luck with the production.
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