How to End a Plague


November 28, 2012
by Allyson Goldsmith, Outreach and Advocacy Associate

When HIV/AIDS was discovered over thirty years ago, there were no effective ways to treat it, and for most, it was a death sentence. However, the genesis of the AIDS epidemic also fostered something else  — powerful activism for change.

In the US, an improbable group of young people, many of whom were HIV-positive young men, started standing up. They organized. They educated themselves. They built a network to train their own in effective advocacy tactics. They gave the epidemic a face and they changed the course of history.

The new documentary, How to Survive a Plague,  follows the challenges and successes of these AIDS activists in ACT UP and Treatment Action Group (TAG) through the late 1980s and early 1990s. As advocates, they fought for their lives and against all odds took on both Washington and the medical establishment. Their protests, the power of persuasion, and political savvy helped to push for better treatment options. They demanded and earned respect for people living with the disease.

The courageous actions of a few have now helped to save millions of lives. They survived a plague.  Now, we can carry the torch and help end the AIDS epidemic. 

This World AIDS Day join RESULTS chapters at over 40 screenings across the U.S. to watch the powerful documentary and learn how you can advocate for the end of the AIDS epidemic and the end of poverty with RESULTS.

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In addition to attending a screening you can also tell your Member of Congress how they can help end a plague by supporting the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. For more actions check out our World AIDS Day resource page and follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for more World AIDS Day updates! 

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