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Longtime Companion

The first movie I watched that talked frankly about AIDS was Longtime Companion. It felt groundbreaking in a way, quaint in others. But it would have a lasting effect on me: I would forever think about it when I wanted to talk to someone about AIDS. By then I've read And the Band Played On and Angels in America, but Longtime Companion was still one of the more accessible portrayals of that time period. If somebody did know about AIDS, I would graduate them to How to Survive a Plague with them. But that's just me. It's always been kind of tricky, trying to explain to someone what AIDS is. It's 2021 and many still see AIDS the way they see Longtime Companion: as a reminder of an era. But AIDS is as present today in the world as it was in the 90's, when the movie came out: HIV remains a major public health issue that affects millions of people worldwide. Although the world has made significant progress in recent decades,  important global targets for 2020 were not met.

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