10 Sitcoms That Helped Remove Stigma From HIV And AIDS

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“A Different World”

In this groundbreaking episode, a professor gives an assignment for the students to write their own eulogies. During the exercise, one student, Josie Webb, played by Tisha Campbell, reveals that she contracted AIDS having unprotected sex in high school. The news shakes everyone. Gina and Terrence, ignorant about the disease, are afraid to be around Josie, while Kim and Mr. Gaines tell them to educate themselves. Ron is worried that he might have caught the disease, since he’s been out here so much. And as a result he and Dwayne go get tested. Earlier in the episode, Whitley was considering sleeping with Dwayne for the first time on his birthday. But the recent happenings let her know that she’s not exactly ready for sex.

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