| Sexaholic Gina—Christian’s recurring fling—reveals she’s HIV positive. While Christian waits two days for his results, he calls a dozen recent
partners to sound the alarm.
|| Homeboy should’ve opted for the widely available 20-minute rapid test before reliving his entire black book. - Bonus ribbon for adding Gina and her HIV drama to next season’s cast.|
|Team Makeover smashes and rebuilds a house for HIV
activist Patricia Broadbent and her three adopted HIVer kids.
|| Host Ty Pennington explains HIV in simple terms, brings in HIVer tots to help accessorize one room and says HIVer kids want to be treated like everybody else.|
|Trump wannabes compete to raise bucks for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, which gets $40K.
||Trump never mentions the foundation’s mission, whom the funds will benefit (hey, Donald, they’re only kids!) or how viewers can donate. (Visit www.pedaids.org.) The Apprentice = fired. |
| Social worker Maxine takes Tabitha, a 15-year-old foster child, for an HIV test. When Tabitha tests positive and attempts suicide, Maxine introduces her to Melinda, a black role model who tested
positive as a teen.
|| Maxine’s stellar harm reduction sheds light on safe sex, STDs and HIV-related suicide. A doctor even explains that HIV is not a death sentence. And for once, we meet a healthy and successful HIV positive black woman.|
|Eve’s character, Shelly, and her boyfriend get tested for HIV before sexing up their relationship. Shelly’s friends accompany her to the clinic, where they all end up getting tested too—and come up negative.
|| Why no mention of condoms? Shelly could have enjoyed a safe pretest shag by using latex—and explained its benefits. As for HIV testing as a social activity: We’ve come a long way from hanging out at 90210’s Peach Pit.|