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Editor's Note

The Graying Epidemic

May/June 2009

Jeff BerryWhen I was younger, much younger, I used to daydream about what my life would be like once I reached 50. I imagined I would have a successful career, own a big, white house with a picket fence, be "settled down" and perhaps have started a family, boast a wide circle of friends, and of course I would, above all, be immensely happy and satisfied.

I was almost certain that my hair would prematurely turn shock white -- as did my father's -- before the ripe age of 30, and that, as I aged, I would not necessarily appear "old," but, rather, I would be "distinguished-looking," as men my age are often described. And as a child, in my mind's eye, my adult self exuded an air of supreme confidence, and people flocked to me for advice, or at the very least, when they needed a shoulder to cry on.

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Comment by: John (Louisiana) Wed., Nov. 30, 2011 at 6:06 am EST
Awesome article! I am 58 now and was diagnosed in 1988. We can survive and live a meaningful life!
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Comment by: Wed., Sep. 9, 2009 at 1:54 pm EDT
http://www.thebody.com/index/whatis/older.html has existed for a while on thebody.com. The map of the site at http://www.thebody.com/sitemap_text.html is a great resource for finding out what's here!
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Comment by: Mon., Jul. 6, 2009 at 12:50 pm EDT
Hi, I'm glad you both liked the article, and thanks for your comments. And just for the record, my partner is also HIV-positive. I think a section on HIV and aging is a great idea, and I wouldn't be surprised if TheBody has one in the works!

Best,

Jeff
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Comment by: survivor4me (florida) Fri., Jul. 3, 2009 at 2:26 pm EDT
hey, you are a stunning man. How old are you?

I am 51, diagnosed just before my 49th birthday... and on june 1, the 25th anniversary of hiv. my partner is hiv-

Your partner? may i ask.

This is not what I planned for. I asked body.com to devote a section to 50+ hiv+ people. NO response.

thanks,
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Comment by: Jacob Mayhew (Portland, OR) Fri., Jul. 3, 2009 at 4:41 am EDT
Great article and so very true.

If it's any consolation, you're very handsome even with the grey! :)

Take care of yourself.
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