‘Tis the season for Oscar bait, and this year, “Dallas Buyers Club” looks set to get at least a few nominations. The movie stars Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, a Dallas man who contracts HIV in 1985, when the diagnosis was a death sentence.
After responding poorly to AZT, the first drug approved to treat HIV/AIDS, Woodroof began acquiring unapproved medications from Mexico, Japan and other places around the world, and formed the titular “buyers club” to distribute them to other people in his area, whether the Food and Drug Administration liked it or not
University of California (at Los Angeles AIDS Institute) researchers tested CD4 cells from healthy human donors to evaluate the rate of HIV infection alongside the presence of cocaine. And surprisingly, the white powered is not friendly to HIV-prevention.