10 Sitcoms That Helped Remove Stigma From HIV And AIDS

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“Sesame Street”

Leave it to “Sesame Street” to teach the kids about the tough stuff. In 2002, the Sesame Workshop announced that an HIV-positive character would be introduced on Takalani Sesame, the South African version of the show. Kami, a furry yellow five year old muppet, contracted the disease from contaminated blood transfusion as an infant. Many falsely assumed that Kami would be coming to the American “Sesame Street” and were outraged. You know, folks like Bill O’Reilly and other Republicans. Naturally, Kami was used to promote tolerance and reduce stigma associated with the disease.

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