BANGOR, Maine — The documentary film “How to Survive a Plague” will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 12, at The Gracie Theatre at Husson University.

“How to Survive a Plague,” which was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award, addresses AIDS in America through the eyes of young activists, many of whom were HIV-positive young men. The film documents how they took on Washington, D.C., and medical establishments to change public perception. As a result of their efforts, AIDS went from being an automatic death sentence to becoming a manageable condition.

“Even though AIDS affects everyday Americans, many people find it difficult to talk about this subject and would prefer to ‘sweep it under the rug.’ Those who see ‘How to Survive a Plague’ will come away with an increased understanding of this terrible disease and the struggle associated with finding a cure. The individuals profiled in this exceptional movie also serve as inspirational role models. They are living examples of how it is possible to make positive change in American society,” said Nico Jenkins, lecturer in the ethics and philosophy program at Husson University, in a university press release.

“How to Survive a Plague” is part of a documentary film series presented at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University and hosted by Jenkins as part of an effort to help stimulate awareness and discussion of critical moral and ethical issues. The next movie in the series, “The Central Park Five,” will be shown on March 27.

Introductory remarks will be made by Beth Allen, program director of EqualityMaine. This public advocacy organization works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Maine through political action, community organizing, education and collaboration.

Admission is free and open to the public. For information, contact the box office at The Gracie at 941-7888 or visit