On May 24th, HBO will air the documentary ‘The Lazarus Effect’ by director Lance Bangs. The film follows four HIV positive people in Sub-Saharan Africa in an attempt to show the effects of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) on patients with HIV and AIDS.

From a review on Shockya.com:

These people include Bwalya, an 11-year-old orphan; Paul Nsangu, a young man who is married and has a daughter; Concillia Muhau, who has a daughter that is virus-free; and Constance (Connie) Mudenda, an HIV Peer Education Supervisor.

Nearly 30 million Sub-Saharan Africans live with HIV/AIDS, many of whom cannot afford antiretroviral drugs. ARVs are provided by several organizations for a cost of as little as $0.40 per day (€0.30/ ₤0.26).

Check out this video spot from Bono’s Product Red campaign (by HBO via AP), which is being shown prior to the airing of ‘The Lazarus Effect’. The public service spot features celebrities such as Penelope Cruz, Hugh Jackman, Lucy Liu and Don Cheadle.

Bono Gathers Celebs for AIDS Campaign

Additional resources:

HBO – The Lazarus Effect homepage

Join(RED) – Designed to help eliminate AIDS in Africa