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10 HIV/AIDS Stories That Defined 2013 in the U.S.

December 1, 2013


The Graying of HIV/AIDS -- and the Wages of Longtime Survival

The Graying of HIV/AIDS -- and the Wages of Longtime Survival

By 2015, an estimated half of the 1.1 million Americans living with HIV will be older than the age of 50. A growing number of new infections are among people over 50 but the vast "majority of people aging with HIV are long-term survivors ... [of] the AIDS Generation," according to a recent report by amfAR. The aging or "graying" of the epidemic has sparked a slew of research, social service and pharmacological concerns, as well as a growing cultural awareness around long-term survivors. We Were Here and the Academy Award-nominated How to Survive a Plague are two recent documentaries that chronicled the so-called "AIDS Generation."

Early ACT UP member Spencer Cox co-founded the Medius Working Group to address HIV and aging. The group held a critically acclaimed and well-attended forum in New York City in May 2013 entitled "Is this My Beautiful Life? Perspectives from Survivors of the AIDS Generation." Tragically, the man responsible for the organization could not attend. Spencer Cox died on Dec. 18, 2012.

Rod McCullom has written and produced for ABC News, NBC and FOX, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, EBONY, POZ and many others. Read his blog at Rod 2.0.

Copyright © 2013 Remedy Health Media, LLC, Inc. All rights reserved.

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