World AIDS Day 2011: Depictions Of AIDS In Movies And TV For The Past 25 Years

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Thursday, December 1 marks World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people all over the planet to get educated on the facts about HIV/AIDS, what it's like to live with the disease today, and how to prevent it. All week at Crushable we'll be talking about what HIV/AIDS means to you, our readers, in terms of pop culture.

In the spirit of dispelling myths and sharing knowledge, we've gathered up twelve different portrayals of TV and movie characters who have the disease. Some have died, others are living with it, but all taught us something about it. In chronological order, here are the high points (and a few low ones) of how HIV/AIDS has been depicted in film, television, and even reality TV from 1986 to 2011.

For more information on World AIDS Day, go to ONE.org.