“Sex In An Epidemic” at KSC Putnam Theatre Friday, 17 December, 7p Health Educators, Parents Especially Encouraged to Attend

On the eve of the 30-year landmark of the AIDS pandemic in 2011, this award-winning documentary explores the personal, political and cultural challenges that have hampered the efforts of HIV/AIDS educators and community groups in the United States to stop the AIDS pandemic using the concept of ‘safer sex.’

The compelling history of the devastating early days of the epidemic focuses on the damaging impact on the gay community while linking the emergence of the disease to the development of activism due to lack of governmental response, and the eventual path to contemporary sex education models.

“Sex In An Epidemic” includes rarely-seen interview footage from frontline activists and news reports from the 80s – 2008, focusing on a powerful and urgent examination of the political and moral controversies surrounding AIDS education.

The film chronicles the panic that arose about how to teach AIDS prevention in the early days, and continuing to present-day ambivalence about sex education. Presented as part of World AIDS Day activities throughout December, sponsored by AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region. The agency is funded, in part, by the Broadway Cares, City of Keene and Monadnock United Way.

Free and open to the public. Doors open 6:30, show at 7p. More information 357-6855,,