ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) is an international organization founded in the United States in 1987 to bring attention to the AIDS epidemic. This group was the first to form to bring attention to the public eye and attract thousands of advocates to fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic. With 12 chapters across the USA now, the group aims to push policy makers to find a cure for AIDS. After years of protesting, researching, and forming smaller groups to combat the medical issues related to AIDS, activists went to Bethesda Maryland, to the FDA and protested for a treatment agenda relating to aids. Nothing was being studied. The "National AIDS Treatment agenda" was devised and eventually after a lot of protests and pushing the FDA for Federal action to be made, an experimental drug was approved called the "AZT Treatment-DD1" According to a handful of people from ACT UP from the Documentary, "How to Survive a Plague," there was a lot of "foot-dragging" AIDS research, and the FDA and other chemistry/medical labs were only testing drugs that already existed. By this stage, there were already 300,000 people who had died from AIDS, and action needed to be made, and it needed to be made immediately.
Sources: "How To Survive A Plague" Documentary