Fictional HIV/AIDS Event Marks 50 Years of General Hospital
The Nurses’ Ball is dedicated to the character of Robin Scorpio-Drake, MD, played by Kimberly McCullough to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ABC soap opera.
Her love story, of contracting AIDS from her boyfriend is a fan favorite.
POZ has been keeping tabs on Robin Scorpio, MD, the fictional HIV-positive denizen of Port Charles on the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital for years now. Recently, Kimberly McCullough, her portrayer, decided to move on from the show to pursue directing.
Her anticipated departure came much earlier than expected, and her many fans expressed some concern that Robin would succumb to AIDS after so many years living as a survivor with a loving husband and a child. Alas, it wasn’t the virus that did her in.
Dr. Scorpio was working on a new medical protocol to save her best friend from inoperable brain swelling. As her husband watched in horror, the lab exploded around her.
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HIV-Positive Soap Opera Character to Go Off Air
The actress Kimberly McCullough, who played the HIV-positive character Robin Scorpio on the soap opera General Hospital, will be leaving the series. McCullough’s character sparked media attention in the 1990s when she was diagnosed with HIV on the show. The details of how Robin Scorpio’s storyline will come to an end have not yet been announced. McCullough has been on General Hospital on and off since 1985. Click here for more.
This is sad news. Not only because I’ve been watching General Hospital since I was in high school but because HIV has been a prevalent storyline for years, before the mainstream media picked it up. What do you think? Are there enough HIV positive characters on TV?