In early December, the veteran AIDS activists Spencer Cox, Garance Franke-Ruta and Peter Staley had a reunion of sorts. They met in a packed auditorium at St. Luke’s Hospital on the Upper West Side, where a screening of “How to Survive a Plague,” the soon-to-be-Oscar-nominated documentary, was taking place. Its director, David France, was out of town, and so the three Act Up alumni, all of whom appear in the film, substituted for him, answering questions and meeting attendees. The room was packed, and Mr. Cox, 44, was in particularly fine form, lapping up the attention and eager to talk about where the battle needed to go next.
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