This poster is one of a series produced by the radical AIDS activist group ACT UP Manchester. The posters document, through newspaper cuttings, the group's demonstrations against individuals and organisations they considered to be hindering the fight against AIDS, or discriminating against people with HIV.
The protests documented here are against the Wellcome drug company, which developed and patented the early retroviral drug AZT. ACT UP criticised drug companies for failing to work together to find a cure for AIDS, and for considering "profits more important than cures". Wellcome was singled out for the high cost of AZT to the NHS. The poster lists, and urges a boycott of, common pharmaceutical products manufactured by Wellcome.
ACT UP (standing for AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) was a grassroots direct action organisation, founded in New York in 1987, which quickly established local groups around the world. Their protests were key in Wellcome's eventual reduction of the AZT's price. AZT is still used in some combination therapies, but the drug's patent expired in 2005, allowing for its cheaper generic manufacture.