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"Dallas Buyers Club" is a 2013 movie based on the true story of AIDS victim Ron Woodroof. Most of the names of the real people were used in the film.

"Dallas Buyers Club" is about a Texas electrician who fights the Food and Drug Administration over the use of illegal HIV drugs that have not been approved in the U.S. The movie chronicles Ron's fight to survive HIV, and his fight to make HIV drugs available to people in need. The Daily Mail reports that actor Matthew McConaughey, lost a total of 40 pounds to portray the dying man.

The real story began in 1986 when Texas native Ron Woodroof was diagnosed with HIV and given only a few weeks to live. Instead, Ron fought back and experimented with AIDS drugs and treatments that were not approved by the FDA, such as Compound Q, a drug from China, according to The Dallas Morning News.

In his continued fight against the FDA, he created the Dallas Buyers Club aka Dallas Buyers Group, where he distributed illegal AIDS and HIV drugs to patients suffering with the illness.

In 1992, Ron Woodroof made headlines as the Texas electrician who smuggled AIDS/HIV drugs from Mexico. According to The Dallas Morning News, he often dressed as a physician or a priest when traveling to Nuevo Laredo for the drugs.

Woodroof eventually won the right to have access to the drug Peptide T, which was administered to him by his personal physician.

Ron Woodruff died in 1992 from complications of AIDS.

The movie, starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner, debuts in theaters on September 7.

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