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Crossroads radio show on celebrating life with HIV in the poor suburbs of Paris

Reda Sadki About me, Audio, HIV advocacy

Arab and African families were hit hard by the AIDS epidemic in France. They were amongst the first to be diagnosed in the early 1980s. The conjunction of poverty and racism then resulted in thousands of infections that were preventable and deaths that – once combination therapy became available in mid-1990s – were avoidable. It is estimated that men, women, and children of Arab and African origin account for half of the 35,000 AIDS deaths in France. Survivre au sida (Surviving AIDS) is a weekly programme broadcast from a small, community-access radio station since 1995. After more than a decade hosting this radio show, Reda is still at its helm, but the show is now produced by the the Comité des familles, the organization he founded in 2003 to mobilize families of all backgrounds facing HIV. “It’s not a radio show about AIDS. It’s about speaking to the needs of …