The early 1980s was an exciting time in Stephen Fry’s life and his career was just beginning to take off. But this was also the time that he, like the rest of the world, first heard that a strange and devastating virus had arrived on our doorstep. It didn’t have a name then, but now it is known to all as HIV. Twenty Five years on HIV is still here, but an awful lot has changed. From USA, to Africa, and the UK, Stephen Fry tracks down people whose lives have been transformed by this brutal disease, including those he holds dear. Stephen meets the doctors who were instrumental in initially defining the disease, people serving jail sentences for deliberately spreading the disease, public figures such as writer Armistead Maupin, who are all dedicated to spreading awareness and some of the earliest diagnosed people who are, miraculously, still alive. He discovers what living with HIV really means, and what the future holds for this persistent and misunderstood illness.