The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
  • Email Email
  • Comments Comments
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

U.S. News

Documentary Sheds Light on Hidden HIV/AIDS Epidemic in American South

July 11, 2013

Director Lisa Biagiotti created the documentary deepsouth to examine why the HIV epidemic has grown more rapidly in the U.S. South than other regions of the country. According to Biagiotti, more than half of all new HIV infections occurred in the South, which comprises only 37 percent of the U.S. population. Biagiotti stated that she used HIV as a global positioning system to identify the "most fragile parts" of the country.

Biagiotti noted that HIV advocacy groups such as urban, white, gay men have been more successful at sharing the HIV epidemic story than HIV-affected populations in the South. Factors that obscured the story of the southern HIV epidemic and caused HIV rates to increase throughout the last 15 years included poverty, lack of education and access to healthcare, secrecy and discrimination against HIV-infected people, and limited sex education in schools. She cited one trailer park in which 95 percent of residents had an STD.

To document the "broken social infrastructure" of the U.S. South and local and regional efforts to address the HIV epidemic, Biagiotti traveled 13,000 miles and conducted interviews with more than 400 individuals across the region. The Los Angeles Outfest Film Festival will show deepsouth on July 12 and 15.

Back to other news for July 2013

Adapted from:
PRI Public Radio International

Related Stories

deepsouth, a New HIV/AIDS Documentary, Premieres This July
13 Moments in Black Celebrity Activism
History's Biggest HIV-Positive Celebrities
More on HIV in Films

  • Email Email
  • Comments Comments
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.

No comments have been made.

Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read's Comment Policy.)

Your Name:

Your Location:

(ex: San Francisco, CA)

Your Comment:

Characters remaining: