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Dec 19, 2012 5:16AM
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Well haven't seen the movie but its probably about the struggles of my life having survived for 30 years now, my friends are all gone who contracted this horrible disease but somehow, I have managed to survive because of these individuals as a group. But if anyone thinks that you don't die from it now, they are mistaken, I am on the last known group of meds that my body does not reject, so once this combo stops working, my numbers up. I found out I was poz. the week the space shuttle Challenger met it's demise and I was told over the phone, that's how long I have struggled to survive and have little hope of seeing 1990
Dec 19, 2012 6:59AM
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I don't know what to say. In my country most HIV victims are not homosexual; in fact, they were infected through blood transfusion.
Dec 19, 2012 9:05AM
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I saw this film, and it was a very accurate portrayal of the time period in which AIDS was just beginning to make the national news, and the public becoming aware.  The insight into ACT UP, the actual footage of public protests and private group meetings, and the stories and interviews with the individual heroes who sacrificed to raise public awareness were very moving. It is also a reminder that our government does not always do the right thing, and does not do it quickly, and it requires citizens to speak up and become activists to make sure that serious issues do get addressed. I wish the film had gotten broader release in theaters .... it's very emotional on the big screen. Please find a way to see this film!
Jan 10, 2013 6:54AM
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I remember the nurse, who had a husband and children, dying because she had nursed a gay man, who knew he had aids, so he killed that nurse and he died anyway and he should have had one of his gay friends look after him.  I have gay friends but in all the years I have known them (some are  gone) they never once back in the old days put anyone else in danger.  It is a horrible decease but it could have been stopped years ago if these men would realize that unfortunately they have to take precautions that others may not have to. Prostitutes are to blame too since they did not care who they had sex with as long as the money was there.  Remember people it is a decease you can pass it on, think on who else you are hurting, even your partner who might not have it.


Dec 25, 2012 5:20AM
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I would love to see this; it sounds very thought provoking?!
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Top 10 movies of 2012
Our favorite films of the year

By MSN Movies contributors
Special to MSN Movies

As 2012 comes to a close, we take a look at the movies that captured our hearts and the tales that kept us in tension and suspense. Here is the sixth annual list of the top 10 movies of the year, as picked by contributors to MSN Movies.

10. "How to Survive a Plague"

"How to Survive a Plague" is a documentary about the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, better known by its acronym ACT UP. ACT UP organized a series of protests in the late '80s and early '90s to speed up AIDS treatment drugs and educate the public on HIV transmission.

It's easy to forget that as recent as 30 years ago, HIV and AIDS were a mystery. Hundreds of gay men just started to die and no one knew why. It was a deeply frightening time.

The gift of "How to Survive a Plague" is that it takes us into this incredibly important history for the first time. The horrors of the AIDS crisis remain abstract for most of the heterosexual people who lived through it. Younger generations today, both gay and straight, have little concept of AIDS as the death sentence that it used to be.

The movie is a powerful learning tool. It weaves on the scene protest footage with interviews of prominent ACT UP members and AIDS survivors. In a bold move, director David France doesn't shy away from internal conflict within the organization. Some scenes about what the group should do next are so riveting they take on the air of a thriller.

The film is in chronological order, with some of its subjects dying along the way. By the end there are just a handful of men. Hearing their stories -- after they expected to die decades ago -- was the most powerful cinematic experience of 2012. -- Frank Paiva

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