On the 30th anniversary of her HIV diagnosis, Dawn Averitt writes, "Just being alive in 2018, the mother of three daughters, did not only seem unlikely in 1988, it seemed implausible at best and more realistically, impossible at the time."
Justin B. Terry-Smith talks with five people who have been HIV positive between 10 and 30-plus years to better understand what being a long-term survivor means and to learn about some of the challenges they face.
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.
"My new post has video of my remarks at a special LGBT Elders event last night, where I honor my brother and he helps me tell our story," says Mark S. King "It's funny. It's sad. It's life."
Counting My Blessings, Remaining Undetectable, and Continuing to Move Forward: A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold
"It's that time of year again. Holiday bustle. End-of-year reflections. World AIDS Day remembrances and calls to action. In my home, my days are busy [d]ays I truly once thought I'd never live to see."
"My years of smoking are much more likely to kill me than HIV," Mark S. King writes. "I suppose that's progress, and testament to how far we have come in my 32 years living with the virus. So why am I so defensive about my switch to vaping?"
Mark S. King reviews director Vincent Gagliostro's semi-autobiographical film starring Alan Cumming as a a shell-shocked gay veteran of the 1980s trying to come to grips with his tragic past.
The first person openly living with HIV to serve on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Sheehy discusses what he sees as the most pressing current issues in addressing HIV/AIDS among older Americans.
"I grew up assuming a lot of things about the world, like there would always be health," Eric Jannke writes. "That was such a deep assumption that I didn't recognize it as one until it went away."
"Being a long-term HIV survivor, I also have a long-term relationship with my doctor, Judith Currier, M.D." Sherri Lewis writes. "It's not just a visit here and there. You might even say it is an intimate relationship."