Long-Term Survivors of HIV/AIDS Speak Up About Their Legacy
June 1, 2018
Just in time for the annual HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day on June 5, The Reunion Project has released a new video in which people who have lived with HIV for decades discuss their legacy. It's quite a remarkable thing, to watch a parade of faces filled with history as they consider what they have accomplished since the pandemic began.
Much has been written by long-term survivors about their singular experience, of course, including my own essay for POZ Magazine, "Surviving Life Itself." But rarely do we get to watch a diverse collection of them reveal their lives to us, as this video does. The sum effect is something altogether moving. We're watching lived history, the kind of archive you might find about the survivors of a world war.
And yet, because we are dealing with HIV after all, the veterans on display here have the courage and resilience that only the truly marginalized can convey. They never got a ticker tape parade. Many were never celebrated at all, not before, not during, and not even since the health crisis began.
There's really no sense in my explaining them explaining themselves. Just watch.
Another video created from the Palm Springs event was released two months ago, in which a different mix of long-term survivors discuss what they believe has contributed to their longevity. Watch it below:
I sound overly reflective myself, perhaps. As I wrote in "Surviving Life Itself" in POZ Magazine:
Today, I have no such regrets. I offer these videos as testament, and our great work continues. I hope you will share them widely with your friends and networks.
Thanks for watching, and please be well.
[Note from TheBody: This article was originally published by Mark S. King on May 31, 2018. We have cross-posted it with their permission.]
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