10 Sitcoms That Helped Remove Stigma From HIV And AIDS

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In season 2 of this now iconic show, Gloria Reuben, joined the hospital as series regular Jeanie Boulet, a physician’s assistant. Jeanie, who had an affair with Dr. Peter Benton (Eriq La Salle), was married, unhappily, to Al, a man who was known for his adulterous ways. Jeanie refused to leave her husband and the relationship with Dr. Benton ended. In season 2, her husband, Al is diagnosed with HIV. Later, we learn that Jeanie tested positive for the virus as well. But Dr. Benton doesn’t have it. Jeanie keeps her diagnosis to herself until gradually her coworkers learn and embrace her.

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