In this frequently-referenced and celebrated episode, Rose learns she may have contracted HIV through a blood transfusion years ago. Our main focus is the the 72 hours, hence the title, between getting tested and receiving the results. This is an incredibly powerful episode even today but especially at the time it aired. There is a throughline of de-stigmatizing HIV/AIDS and a poignant scene where Blanche directly addresses Rose and America at-large with the simple truth that AIDS is not a bad person's disease.
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