When you think of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), you probably think of gay men. You probably think of Peter Staley and the others in How to Survive a Plague. And you probably think that what they did was all in the past.
The government regulatory bodies were insisting on such a slow testing process that they were effectively condemning to death anybody who was diagnosed with HIV. As far as the authorities were concerned, the message was, "Go die quietly." They clearly hadn't met Larry Kramer.
In my vlog recap you'll meet a lot of people addressing HIV stigma in various ways. You're also going to meet advocates of the celebrity variety (for example, Mondo Guerra of Project Runway), as well as those doing the work on the ground in communities large and small.
It's awards season. Remember when you couldn't turn on an awards show and not see people wearing red ribbons? Well, David France's Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague has brought AIDS back to the awards shows.