(CNN)As Pride month comes to a close, we reflect on 40 years ago when the world lived through another epidemic that suffered from misinformation and government inaction — the AIDS crisis. In this episode, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with CNN National Political Writer Brandon Tensley about lessons from the AIDS epidemic that could help the country better manage Covid-19 today.
Learning from the AIDS Epidemic: Dr. Sanjay Gupta's coronavirus podcast for June 29
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 1984: This is a new disease, at least in the United States. Where it came from, we'll discuss in a short while. But in the United States, it's new.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta: You probably recognize that voice by now — Dr. Anthony Fauci. But that wasn't him talking about the coronavirus — that was him almost 40 years ago, talking about the AIDS epidemic.
In the United States alone, more than 700,000 people have died from AIDS since the early 1980s. And right now, more than 1 million people are currently living with HIV.
So today, as we are dealing with yet another viral outbreak, we thought it was important to look back at our response to the AIDS crisis. Why did so many people die? And why was the government so slow to respond?
So in this episode, we're gonna share five lessons from the AIDS crisis that could help us better manage coronavirus today.
I'm Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent. And this is "Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction."
David French, CNN anchor: The Reverend Jesse Jackson says the shocking news that Magic Johnson is HIV-positive has awakened Americans to the AIDS crisis.
Brandon Tensley, national political writer, CNN Politics: Coming to age and sort of coming out in the shadow of the AIDS crisis, it's been interesting to reflect on how deep and how long that shadow is.