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Raising Awareness About HIV and Alzheimer's: Kelly Kittell Img

Raising Awareness About HIV and Alzheimer's: Kelly Kittell

"One day, I was giving a lecture and the world dropped out from beneath me," Kelly Kittell recounted. "I had no idea why I was up there and what I was supposed to be saying." That was one of the last memories Kelly had of ever working within his fiel...

Memory Loss Follow Up: Taking a Deeper Look -- A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold Img

Memory Loss Follow Up: Taking a Deeper Look -- A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold

I had no intention of dwelling on my first piece about my memory loss. Yet I have been overwhelmed by the email response I have received from infected men and women literally from around the world. Readers have opened their hearts, minds and souls to...

9 Years Between Diagnosis and My First HIV Pill Img

9 Years Between Diagnosis and My First HIV Pill

The side effects associated with HIV meds in the 1980s, when Mike Hellman was diagnosed with HIV, were so notorious that he avoided treatment until it was nearly too late.

More Than "Suriviving" -- Thriving Img

More Than "Suriviving" -- Thriving

The older people get -- particularly if they're living with HIV -- the more likely they are to be juggling multiple physical and mental health issues. But as Positively Aware explains, you don't need to face these challenges alone.

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Conquering Cancer

Self pity is not an option for me. When it comes to AIDS, I accept it and then I do whatever's in my power to control and defeat it.

-- Shirlene Cooper, 51 HIV/AIDS housing activist Diagnosed with HIV in 1997

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No Brittle Bones

I'm in much better shape since the [hip and shoulder] replacements. I walk with a little limp, but I have 100% mobility in my arms.

-- Stephanie Brooks-Wiggins, 68 Activist and author, Baltimore Diagnosed with HIV in 1986

Nurturing Your Spirit Img

Nurturing Your Spirit

Aging with HIV can put a lot of strain on your body, but what about your soul -- that which makes your life worth living? Charlene Arcila has a treatment plan for your happiness.

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Keeping Your Brain Sharp

People with HIV are at higher risk for the brain slowdown we all are likely to experience as we age. Jane Fowler, who is 78 and living with HIV, knows plenty of ways to fight it and keep your mind nimble.

50+ and Fabulous! Img

50+ and Fabulous!

Tim Murphy, a long-term survivor living with HIV, is "filled with immense gratitude" to be alive today, but is aware of the unique challenges of living with HIV over 50.

Embracing the Age of Wisdom Img

Embracing the Age of Wisdom

For those of us in the U.S. who have survived the worst part of the HIV epidemic (and then some!), that accomplishment has come with a new set of challenges. How do we face them? Here are some words of wisdom.