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Preventable: HIV/AIDS in Louisiana (2013)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2013-02-27

Duration: 00:58:00

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | AIDS (Disease) | HIV infections | Health | Health Care | Sex Education


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Goidel, Kirby Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Perry, Kristie Interviewee
  • Cullins, Leah Interviewee
  • Foster, Millicent Interviewee
  • Legard, Ashante Interviewee
  • Tasman, Rob Interviewee
  • Whitty, Cassandra Speaker
  • Lemon, Tiffany La'Shay Speaker
  • Bertalotto, Josh Speaker
  • Miller, Irma Speaker
  • Galloway, Charlotte Speaker
  • Ross, Katya Speaker
  • Cooley, Natalie Speaker
  • Blueford, Ronnie Speaker
  • Foster, Millicent Speaker
  • Lott, Leshondra Speaker
  • Myers, Wallace Speaker
  • Smith, Fred J. Panelist
  • Dery, Mark Alain Panelist
  • Keller, Joyce Turner Panelist
  • Johnson, A.J. Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from February 27, 2013, features Kirby Goidel leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the high rates of HIV/AIDS in Louisiana, especially in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Kristie Perry of the Southern University HIV/AIDS Awareness Program; Leah Cullins of the Governor’s Commission on HIV/AIDS; Millicent Foster, a person living with HIV; Ashante Legard of Family Services of Greater Baton Rouge; and Rob Tasman of the Louisiana Conference of Bishops. The audience members then discuss why the HIV and AIDs rates are so high in Baton Rouge. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Reverend Fred Smith of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Baton Rouge; Dr. Mark Alain Dery of the Tulane University School of Medicine; Dr. Joyce Turner Keller, founder of Aspirations; and Reverend A.J. Johnson, the founder of the Baton Rouge AIDS Society They discuss: what Louisiana can do to combat the high rates of HIV/AIDS; the problems with the abstinence-only sex education program in Louisiana; the role of churches in educating their congregations; the reasons for the higher rates of HIV/AIDS cases in the African American community; the need for a needle exchange program in the state; the problems with access to testing; the treatment options; and the importance of educating all age groups about HIV/AIDS. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Kirby Goidel