Picks and Pans Review: Aids: Profile of An Epidemic

updated 09/03/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/03/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

PBS (Wednesday, Aug. 29, 10 p.m. ET)

A timely, enlightening, non-sensationalistic look at this mysterious, as-yet-incurable disease, which attacks mostly male homosexuals. Five very different male patients are profiled and interviewed: a gay, a hemophiliac, a 6-year-old, a drug addict and a Haitian. Medical researchers attempt to explain the disease, using video-gamelike figures to illustrate the human defense system and how it can be broken down. Besides the physical effects of AIDS, the program examines the social pressures that go with it. A historical overview of epidemics, for example, shows a tendency to blame the victims. This compelling documentary will be followed by an open forum featuring a panel of five AIDS experts answering questions from a studio audience.

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