Much loved British TV presenter, actor, and writer Stephen Fry investigates a worrying growth in the number of reported new HIV cases in the UK as well as in Africa in this two part BBC documentary. He starts by revealing that 23 years prior he himself had to undertake a test at Harley Street to determine whether he had the virus. Both episode 1 and episode 2 are available to watch here on Documentary Vine.
We also learn of a phenomenon of young people getting a thrill out of sleeping with people who are infected with the virus, playing a game of Russian Roulette to see if they will catch it. The existence of people who actually want to get HIV was once explored in the 2003 documentary The Gift. Due to medical advances very few people develop full blown Aids in the UK in modern times, but it does still happen and Fry meets with one man who is close to death.
Fry is homosexual and was deeply involved in the gay scene in London in the 1980’s, so had first hand experience of being amidst the Aids epidemic and had seen personal friends die of the virus. In South Africa he unveils woefully inadequate treatment of the disease, there was a refusal to accept the link between HIV and Aids and one government minister advised that people eat more beetroot to protect themselves against HIV infection.