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‘JAG’ takes on HIV discrimination

The CBS military drama features a story about a  Navy training officer is removed from duty because he carries the AIDS-causing virus.
/ Source: The Associated Press

CBS’ military drama “JAG” takes on a different battle — over HIV discrimination — in Friday’s episode.

In “Hard Time,” airing 9 p.m. ET, a Navy fleet training officer (guest star Gerard O’Donnell) is removed from duty after it’s discovered that he carries the AIDS-causing virus.

Navy lawyer Harm Rabb, played by series star David James Elliott, fights to get the officer reinstated.

“We felt it was important to tackle the issue of HIV/AIDS-related discrimination. As this is a global epidemic, military personnel are not immune,” said Donald P. Bellisario, creator and executive producer of “JAG.”

Viacom, parent company of CBS, is carrying out an HIV and AIDS public information campaign through its television, radio and other units. The campaign was created with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.