At first blush, it might seem like an odd coincidence.

In a January episode of CBS’s drama “The District,” two detectives discovered that a suspected dealer was stealing drugs to help his sister cope with AIDS. In February, on the CBS sitcom “Becker,” Ted Danson’s character educated a 15-year-old patient about the risk of HIV. The same month, an episode of UPN’s “Star Trek Enterprise” explored the stigma of an AIDS-like virus. Flipping the channel last winter, TV viewers could have seen...


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