This grassroots effort honors people who have been living with HIV for more than 10 years, and seeks to combat stigma and discrimination by educating the public about what it means to live -- and grow older -- with HIV today.
Comments from participants at the Reunion Project South Florida for HIV long-term survivors.
"I have learned important lessons about the intimacies of dying that I can use when I eventually face my own mortality," Mark S. King writes.
"No longer am I the impulsive person I once was with total disregard for any and all consequences. Now I think everything through, playing all the outcomes in my mind first, so I can make the right decisions."
"Sean McKenna does exactly what a good advocate should do. He bears witness and holds people accountable."
Being HIV positive and feeling the side effects of various meds has encouraged Tim Hinkhouse to care more about his body: "I have wanted to learn all I can to stay healthy."
As Long-Term Survivors, We Look Back but Must Continue to Look Forward: A Blog Entry by Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
"I suppose that is one of the harder memories of the past for me," says Scottie: "to know that so many I knew are gone and I have been allowed for whatever reason to still be here."
Who We Are: Opportunities, Survival and the Ability to Dream -- A Blog Entry by Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
If I constantly look back on what could or should have been, "I'm failing to look forward at 'what might just be,' and what dreams and hopes for a good life are still mine."
Lynda Arnold says the current political situation is so messed up that her 24th virus anniversary seems inconsequential because -- unlike others -- she's still here and doing OK.
When he was diagnosed 32 years ago, Mark S. King never expected to live long enough to be featured as a keynote speaker at an upcoming conference for older people living with HIV.