Art JonesJuly 3, 2012 05:25
Commentary: The story behind the making of "Thirteen Percent," a film about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African-American community.
A worker passes out flyers for free HIV testing outside a Walgreens pharmacy in Times Square in New York City. June 27 is National HIV Testing Day and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is rolling out a new program offering free rapid HIV testing in pharmacies in 24 cities and rural communities. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA — Convinced that we needed do something to draw attention to what is clearly a crisis, I assembled a small team and began pre-production on a film that would address this tragic situation. We began a journey seeking an answer to a singular question: How could 13 percent of America’s population of more than 305 million people now account for 50 percent of new HIV infections?