"When I retired in 1992, my goal was to be here for the Atlanta Olympics in 1996," Jesse Peel states. "Then the new HIV drug cocktail happened, and my goals just kept spreading further out in front of me. I'm hoping to reach 80."
The First Generation to Age With HIV: Taking a Look at Long-Term Survival -- A Blog Entry by Sherri Beachfront Lewis
Years ago, Sherri Lewis used a guided visualization of a long life as part of her HIV self-care. Still healthy, and cured of hepatitis C, she reflects on her journey and Desert Migration, a new long-term survivors' film.
An HIV Long-Term Survivor's Poem-a-Day Countdown to 35 Years of AIDS: Michael Broder on the Here and Now of HIV
"Once I turned 50, and I published a short collection of oh-so-sweet-and-loving poems about living with HIV and losing the men I loved, some things changed. I got angrier," explains Michael Broder, founder of HIV Here & Now.
"I am sensitive to the passage of time because I have seen lives with great promise left unfulfilled," Mark S. King writes. "I may no longer fear dying, but I am sorely afraid of not taking full advantage of these precious additional years that were ...
"We know it's not over, whether the world has moved on or moved over us, we are still here, and we are here for the duration," Matt Ebert writes for HIV Long-Term Survivor Awareness Day.
"I decided to reach out to a few people older than me, who have lived longer with HIV, to learn from them," writes Deondre Moore. "What insight do they have for a younger me -- or a younger them?"
"I knew that a pathogen could catalyze an unending series of breakdowns and symptoms and decay," Pitluk says, after decades in which both he and his spouse were living with HIV. Then his partner got Valley Fever.
Maria T. Mejia discusses the difficulties of long-term survivors, after "so many years of hiding in shame, feeling worthless, having the fear of dying."
Long-Term Thrivers: The Reunion Project in Palm Springs Examines the Issues Faced by Long-Term Survivors
More than 75 long-term HIV survivors met in Rancho Mirage, Calif. on Nov. 3 for The Reunion Project, a daylong summit on living well with HIV as we get older.
"This is spiritual work, and I feel as if I am spiritually guided," explains Shabazz-El of the U.S. Positive Women's Network (PWN). "My story is one where God has purposely placed people in my life."