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Jan 15 1987

In 1987 with AIDS deaths in the thousands and government policy still criminally indifferent, activists formed ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) with the purpose of turning grief and fear into rage and action

Over the next decade, rage would drive thousands of gay men and their supporters to form one of the most influential patient advocacy groups in history. They called themselves AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power — or ACT UP. And they ultimately forced Anthony Fauci (!!), the scientific community, and pharmaceutical companies to fundamentally change the way medical research is conducted — paving the way for the discovery of a treatment that today keeps alive an estimated half-million HIV-positive Americans and millions more worldwide.

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