I read this book in high school in the late 80's just as it wasreleased. The book was excellent and gave a great educational lesson onHIV and AIDS. The movie was just as good. I was really touched at theend when "The last song" by Elton John was playing. The movie gave agreat time-line of the virus.<br><br>It is so terrifying to think AIDS has actually been around sinceprobably 1959 when a blood sample from a man from the Congo had died ofa mysterious illness, and tests run on the blood sample today showed hedid indeed have AIDS. The movie was very touching, this whole topicleaves a lump in my throat. I was 13 when AIDS had started making thenews and in 1985 or 1986 my dad had a blood transfusion. We spendmonths worrying if he had contracted HIV. Thank god he got clean bloodand he dodged a bullet, unlike the 25,000 people in the 70 and 80's whoreceived tainted blood.<br><br>I got teary eyed when an HIV+ guy in the movie says "This is not apolitical issue. This is a health issue. This is not a gay issue. Thisis a human issue. And I do not intend to be defeated by it. I came heretoday in the hope that my epitaph would not read that I died of redtape." <br><br>The predictions were accurate. The scientists predicted there would be40 million people worldwide infected with HIV by the turn of thecentury and that number has proved to be pretty much dead on,literally.
And the Band Played On
And the Band Played On
This is the story of the first years of the AIDS epidemic in the United States and focuses on three key elements. Dr. Don Francis, an immunologist with experience in eradicating smallpox and containing the Ebola virus, joins the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to try and understand just what this disease is. They also have deal with bureaucracy and a government that doesn't seem to care. The gay community in San Francisco is divided on the nature of the disease but also what should be done about it. Finally, the film deals with the rivalry between Dr. Robert Gallo, the American virologist who previously discovered the first retrovirus and his French counterpart at the Pasteur Institute, Dr. Luc Montagnier, that led to disputed claims about who was first to identify the AIDS virus.
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