For perspective on the first days of the AIDS pandemic when the disease was a death sentence watch Dallas Buyers Club online. The film is a biographical portrayal of Ron Woodroof who got an AIDS diagnosis in the 1980s. Then treatment on the disease then was under-researched and stigma was high.
The heart of the film begins in 1985 when Woodroof is discovered to have AIDS. To make matters worse he is told he only has a month left before he dies. At first, he is in denial. Upon reflection he suspects he probably got the disease from a prostitute who was an intravenous drug user. Stigma follows soon as friends and family shun him. He also loses his job and then he is thrown out of his house.
At the medical facility he has been attending, Dr. Eve Saks informs him that they are conducting tests on an ARV drug known as zidovudine. According to Saks, the drug has life-prolonging properties. The drug has also received the approval of the Food and Drug Administration and can, therefore, be tested on people.
To get hold of the drug, Woodroof corruptly obtains it by bribing a member of staff at the hospital. Unfortunately, it does not work out well for him because he’s also using cocaine. He then tries a Mexican medical facility where a doctor prescribes alternative drugs which are yet to be approved in the United States. Woodroof takes the risk and his health improves. That’s when he sees an opportunity and realizes he can make money by importing the drug from Mexico and selling it the US. The venture is successful at first until he runs into problems with the law! Watch Dallas Buyers Club and find out more.