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HIV/AIDS News Digest: June 2, 2011

June 3, 2011

Here is a quick look at a few HIV/AIDS stories recently reported in the media:


MSNBC Tackles Aging, AIDS and Loss (From MSNBC.com)

With so many media outlets covering AIDS as it approaches its 30th anniversary on June 5, it's been difficult to call out all the best coverage. This MSNBC.com video and accompanying article about aging, HIV and loss is very simple, and yet powerful and touching.

The article focuses on 78-year-old, long-term survivor Bill Rydwels. He was diagnosed with HIV in 1985, the same year he lost his partner of 17 years to the disease. Rydwels discusses both his happiness at being alive now, and also the loneliness of losing so many friends in the early days. He also talks about the difficulties of being a gay senior living with HIV and how the sense of community has changed since the early days of the epidemic.

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Comment by: Stephen Karpiak PhD (New York City) Fri., Jun. 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm EDT
I could not agree with you more. The video piece is not only moving but effectively captures the myriad of issues which are today's newest challenge from the epidemic as it turns 30. Older adults will soon comprise half of all PLWHA in the US. At an early age (50-65) they are developing illnesses typically not seen till one is 75 years and older. Stigma contributes to the isolation and depression these older adults exhibit. Without supportive social networks they will be relegated to costly long tern health care facilities. The lgbt community, AIDS organizations and CBOs need to make this issue a priority. Social networks are a mantra in today's dialogue. Social connections made by these older adults can affect their well-being and health in extraordinary ways. This is an issue of caregiving that requires focused creative responses. Those responses will tell us if we really do care.
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More compelling and informative videos by that same group can be seen at http://www.grayingofaids.org
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