1. John C says

    I caught this at SIFF, as well as the Q+A with the director. Really powerful, and more intense than last year’s “We Were Here.” The wealth of home video really made it feel like ground zero of the crisis. GO DO YOUR GAY DUTY AND SEE IT.

  2. anthony says

    This is a great film. I hope younger people who are now on protease inhibitors and other like drugs realize how much effort and how much fight had to go on to get any AIDS research funding and to get the big pharma corporations to stop being such greedy pigs and make drugs accessible to patients.

  3. T.s. says

    So sorry I missed this at SIFF. I would talk about how I have heard good things, but one of the two people who recommended it was John C above, but I assure you that he has impeccable taste.

  4. greg says

    Hey kids, you may not have been around when this happened but it was basically “yesterday”. And if you don’t stay on your game those same agents of Satan (Republicans) would love to do nothing more than nothing, all over again, to see us go away, die off, etc. This will happen again. Stay alert.

  5. jason says

    The movie should have been called “How To Survive One’s Promiscuity”. At heart, this is what AIDS was about.

    It’s got nothing to do with being gay. Therefore, stop playing the gay victim card every time the AIDS issue comes up. However, it’s got everything to do with the atrocious choices that many of you buy into after your exposure to the constant sex marketing of the community. That and your inability to actually control your sex drives in the highly sexed male-male paradigm.

    Having promiscuous sex with total strangers from far-flung corners of the globe is not a life-giving enterprise. It simply exposes you and your incestuous community to a host of pathogens that grow like wildfire in a test-tube. Don’t deny it.

    AIDS sucks but so do your poor choices.

  6. Keith says


    And you think people haven’t paid? That people of all orientations and ages don’t continue to bear the cost of having others vilify them and stall treatment that could save their lives. The dead and the survivors don’t need your self-righteous opinion and highly skewed image of what AIDS is. They experienced it; don’t bother entertaining notions you’re any better than them.

    You’re off if you think it has nothing to do with being gay. While it might mean nothing to you, it does to a whole generation and those of us that grew up in the 90’s aftermath. There are more subtle lessons to learn from this history than a fear of sex.

    Really, watch the film. Hell, take the time to put a face to it and learn something. If you’d even watch the trailer it’s not about playing any “card”. People fighting for human dignity is not self-victimization by any definition.

  7. John P Ouderkirk, NDs says

    As an Infectious Diseases physician with greater than ten years experience in clinical practice, there are simple things to do to “avoid an epidemic”: use a condom correctly EVERY time, wash your hands!, and get proper vaccinations. More information at my office website:

  8. UFFDA says

    JASON is basically so right it hurts. In his novel Faggots Larry Kramer described the crazily unhealthy world of gay New York which prefigured the AIDS crisis. That he also then basically led, along with many others, the fight for life against governmental apathy and pharmaceutical bureaucracy is a very great story which I hope this film fully honors.

  9. says

    And what did Larry di in reesponse to the epidemic? He foudned ACT-UP.

    All “Jason” does is troll.

    I ahev an article in the current issue of “Film Comment” about “How to Survive a Plague” and several other new documentaries about AIDS activism of recent vintage.

  10. Gordon says

    I was young when the uk started their aids campaign, don’t at the time know that I got it, because in the moment I still did bare, affectionally – it was my ‘gift’ – now am older & see how many young guys are starting life hiv… not only that but social sites with poz seekers, givers… I can’t really make sense of it