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At the Epicenter of the Epidemic
Year:  2009
Running Time:  12 minutes
Country:  USA
Language:  English/Spanish
Genre:  Documentary
Director:  Jon Wells

Description:
  In 1999 two Marin County doctors, Denise Main, MD and Elliott Main, MD, traveled to Honduras to assist in the aftermath of hurricane Mitch. While there, they encountered Siempre Unidos, an organization that, at the time, was little more than a self-help group for people who were about to die from untreated AIDS.

They learned that Honduras has highest rate of HIV of any Spanish-speaking country, a problem made even more tragic by the nearly complete lack of treatment options. As the film documents, patients were literally told to, "Go home and die in peace."

This film documents the work of the Mains and others to fight the epidemic, initially with palliative care and then later introducing the first effective Anti-Retroviral treatment regimens in the country.


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Attending: Jon Wells (director)

Screening as part of: Marin Filmmakers



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