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HIV / AIDS in Louisiana (2017)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-10-25

Duration: 00:56:10

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


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Johnson, Monica Interviewee
  • Gruber, DeAnn Interviewee
  • Azmeh, Waref Interviewee
  • Andrews, Sylvia M. Speaker
  • Lolis, Shirley Speaker
  • Young, Tim Speaker
  • Brown, Adell Speaker
  • McCall, Sharon Walker Speaker
  • Mitchell, A.V. Speaker
  • Hood, Kim Speaker
  • Cooper, Nydia Speaker
  • Howard, Joseph Speaker
  • Spell, Meghan Speaker
  • Barbee, Kimberly Speaker
  • Jack, Jacqueline Speaker
  • Travis, Jeremy Speaker
  • Kindall, Tavell Panelist
  • Ennis, Jamar Panelist
  • Richey, Lauren Panelist
  • Collins, Eugene Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from October 25, 2017, features Andre Moreau leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on Louisiana’s high rate of HIV/AIDS cases in both urban and rural communities. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Monica Johnson, an HIV+ advocate and the founder of HEROES in northeast Louisiana; Dr. DeAnn Gruber, the director of the Bureau of Infectious Diseases for the Louisiana Department of Health; and Dr. Waref Azmeh of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Baton Rouge. The audience members then discuss: the need to educate people about PrEP, or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, which can prevent HIV; the high rates of HIV/AIDS in the African American community; the entire community being at risk for HIV/AIDS; and overcoming the stigma of HIV/AIDS. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Tavell Kindall of the Greater Ouachita Coalition Providing AIDS Resources (GOCARE) in West Monroe; Jamar Ennis, the director of Louisiana Youth for Excellence in the Governor’s Office; Dr. Lauren Richey, a professor at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans; and Eugene Collins, the director of the HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two in Baton Rouge. They discuss: the need for increased HIV/AIDS testing; whether school districts should teach comprehensive sex education; providing wider access to PrEP; the most prevalent misconceptions about HIV/AIDS; the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cutting HIV/AIDS funding in the Deep South; the best ways to educate youth about HIV/AIDS prevention; and overcoming the stigma. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Andre Moreau