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Sean Sasser, Groundbreaking AIDS Activist Known for "The Real World," Dies at 44

Sean Sasser, forerunning AIDS activist and former GLAAD employee best known for his relationship and on-screen marriage to Pedro Zamora in the 90s MTV reality show "The Real World," has died at the age of 44. Friends say mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer typically linked to an immune system compromised by AIDS, was the cause of Sasser's death.

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World AIDS Day: How are TV and Film Addressing the Epidemic?

On World AIDS Day, we commemorate those who have been lost to the epidemic while also showing unity in continued efforts to fight it and recognizing the ways it has reshaped our world. Much of that has been reflected in film and television addressing HIV/AIDS, though attention to the epidemic hasn’t always remained consistent.

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