As part of Peabody and Emmy Award-winning KNOW HIV/AIDS campaign, a partnership of Viacom and the Kaiser Family Foundation to foster awareness about HIV/AIDS and its prevention, CBS’s drama Judging Amy will feature an HIV-themed storyline this Tuesday night at 10:00-11:00 pm ET/PT.
The episode features a 15-year-old-girl, who Maxine (Tyne Daly) previously placed in a foster home, tests positive for HIV. After learning that the teenager is HIV positive, Maxine introduces her to Melinda Jones (Taji Coleman), 34-year old mother who contracted the virus when she was 17 and now runs a support group at a hospital.
This fall, Judging Amy executive producers, James Frawley and Carol Barbee, and supervising producer, Barry O’Brien, attended a panel discussion hosted by Kaiser as part of the KNOW HIV/AIDS campaign. During the session, the producers met panelist, Marteniz Brown, a 24-year-old man who was diagnosed with HIV at the age of 18. Brown provides support and guidance to HIV-positive youth at the Division of Adolescent Medicine Project at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. Brown’s incredible work with the young people inspired the producers to develop the storyline.
Additional information about the KNOW HIV AIDS campaign