They stay in rooms that many hospital staff are afraid to enter for fear of contracting the disease.
Ned, Bruce, Mickey, and several other friends including Tommy Boatwright (Jim Parsons) establish a community organization called Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC).
Ned arranges for his older brother, lawyer Ben Weeks (Alfred Molina), to provide free legal advice to the GMHC.
The two brothers are close, but there remains an underlying tension over Ben's lack of understanding of Ned's sexuality.
Other friends in attendance include Mickey Marcus (Joe Mantello) and the charismatic Bruce Niles (Taylor Kitsch), who has recently begun dating Craig. While walking on the beach, however, Craig feels dizzy and collapses.