How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS - Part 3, Chapter 1-3 Summary & Analysis

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Part 3, Chapter 1 returns to Larry Kramer who, frustrated with existing groups like GMHC, started a new organization called the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP). While GMHC was providing important support services to PWAs, Kramer criticized them for not engaging in enough public advocacy to demand the development of treatments. Simultaneously, he believed that activist groups like the Lavender Hill Mob were too radical and fringe, and conceived of ACT UP as an organization for respectable PWAs, gays, and lesbians to engage in effective activism. The group quickly attracted numerous people, including Peter Staley, to their weekly meetings to plan protests and other actions. An early target of ACT UP was the drugmaker Burroughs Wellcome, who had recently released AZT to the public at an exorbitant price. Many were also interested in an egg-derived supplement called AL721, shown to have some...

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