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HIV/AIDS News Digest: April 28, 2011

April 28, 2011

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

Video Blogger Asks "What's Hard About Living With HIV/AIDS When You're Over 50?" (From HyperVocal)

Thanks to the release of the study "Growing Older With the Epidemic: HIV and Aging," by the Gay Men's Health Crisis, the graying of HIV has made its way back onto people's radars in the past few months. Recently, Monica Gray, a video blogger for HyperVocal, tackled the issue with an interesting entry point. She writes that while one of the most visible people over 50 living with HIV is Magic Johnson, he isn't really the best representative for the graying of HIV.

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Comment by: Gisele v-P (Winnipeg, Canada) Fri., May. 20, 2011 at 9:56 am UTC
I am elated to read about people with HIV/AIDS that are 50+. I've had HIV for 27 years, and now at the age of 53, I've had to come to terms with even more isolation and stigma.

I write blogs for the website: a girl like me. I certainly empathize with the women who are dealing with relationships, young children, ande careers. The fact is, I've been there. Now, my concerns are quite different. I'm surprisingly still alive, but I'm hardly living the life I had once planned for my retirement. The capriciousness of AIDS doesn't permit me to even make volunteer commitments. The medical system certainly doesn't seem to know what to do with us. The continuing grind of living with HIV/AIDS is no prize. The problems magnify and the energy to deal with them decreases.

The prospect of actually dying seems a taboo subject. I haven't read articles on death and dying but when anyone hits the over 50 mark, surely it's a topic that requires attention. I, for one, have no desire to live another 27 years with AIDS; but how does one live a useful life when you always have one foot in the grave?

I would love to hear from other 50+ survivors. I mean I'd love to hear their thoughts, I don't need to be cheered up, I just need to hear the truth of how other people in this situation are doing.
peace, Gisele
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