Ashley Judd says
education and prevention are the best way to combat HIV
and AIDS in India, where women and girls and the
vulnerable and less fortunate
are disproportionately affected by the disease.
her new documentary film, India's Hidden
Plague, in an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC's
This Week, the 39-year-old actress said it costs
just $10 to educate a person about the risks and provide
protection for an entire year.
While making the
film in India, Judd met with AIDS orphans including two
sisters, 9 and 12, whose parents died in quick succession
after their father infected their mother with the
''It's very real
and it's real stories and real heartache and also real
opportunity to focus on a solution that is very
cost-effective and has an extraordinarily meaningful
impact in the lives of young people,'' Judd said.
India's Hidden Plague is set to premiere
November 30 on the National Geographic Channel.
In a previous
documentary film, Confronting the Pandemic,
Judd and Salma Hayek traveled to Central America to look at
AIDS prevention there. (AP)