On "Our America with Lisa Ling," Lisa Ling explores the social and economic forces driving the disproportionately high rate of HIV infection in black America. Among those she interviewed was Sonny, a 41-year-old heterosexual HIV-positive man.
Sonny was infected through IV drug use during an addiction to heroin and crack that lasted more than a decade. From age 18 to 35, he never spent more than two consecutive years out of jail. But like many HIV positive inmates, Sonny contracted the disease before incarceration and only discovered his diagnosis upon being locked up.