December 2, 2013
This article was reported by Broadway World.
Broadway World reported that on December 2 from 9:00 to 9:45 p.m. eastern and Pacific times, HBO will broadcast The Battle of AmFAR, an original documentary that chronicles the 1985 creation of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) by research scientist Dr. Mathilde Krim and film star Elizabeth Taylor. HBO2 screened a sneak preview of the film on World AIDS Day, December 1. Additional HBO viewings of The Battle of AmFAR will air on December 2 at 5:15 a.m.; 5 at 2:45 p.m.; 7 at 5:10 a.m.; 8 at 5:00 p.m.; 10 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.; 14 at 11:45 a.m.; and 25 at 5:20 a.m. (all times eastern and Pacific).
Krim first became aware in 1981 of HIV-related cancers and AIDS-related deaths among gay men in a colleague's New York medical practice. After Elizabeth Taylor learned of HIV/AIDS through the death of her friend, actor Rock Hudson, Krim invited Taylor to get involved with the HIV/AIDS cause. While Krim mobilized the scientific community, Taylor used her celebrity to attract media attention and to support legislation that included the Ryan White CARE Act. In addition to testifying for the bill before Congress, Taylor pressured President Ronald Reagan to acknowledge the epidemic and to speak at an amfAR fundraiser.
Research funded by amfAR contributed to the development of life-saving HIV drugs released in 1996, when AIDS was the leading cause of death among Americans ages 25 to 44. amfAR continued to seek a cure for AIDS that would eliminate the need to continue HIV therapies throughout life. Since 1985, amfAR has funded grants for more than 2,000 research teams worldwide and devoted more than $366 million toward HIV/AIDS-related research. According to the documentary, more than 30 million people have died from AIDS worldwide, and there is a new HIV infection every 10 minutes in the United States.