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Medicine / AIDS in America / Black Americans #631002

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Aug 29, 1999
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) The meeting of two major conferences on AIDS in America noted.

(Atlanta: Ian Smith) The CDC's first ever conference on AIDS prevention featured; scenes shown from Atlanta; details given of the extent of AIDS among black Americans. [Surgeon General Dr. David SATCHER - says AIDS is becoming an epidemic for people of color.] [CDC (Centers for Disease Control) AIDS prevention program's Dr. Helene GAYLE - cites denial in the African American community.] [AIDS counselor Michael SAUNDERS - cites cultural differences.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Portland, ME: Betty Rollin) The constant threat of financial ruin for AIDS victims examined. [AIDS patient Robin LAMBERT - recalls having to leave his job; describes surveillance by his insurance company.] [Health Insurance of America president Chip KAHN - says AIDS is comparable to other disabilities that get reviewed.] [Lawyer Mark SCHERZER - assesses the scrutiny by insurance companies.] [Dr. Victor BEER - comments on the issue of AIDS and disability.] The sources of aid for AIDS victims and the uncertainty of benefits renewal detailed. [LAMBERT - expresses his concern about losing benefits if he takes a job.]

Rollin, Betty;
Seigenthaler, John;
Smith, Ian

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