“As a person who works in public health and is living with HIV … this has prepared me rather well for this, to be able to know how to get through and acknowledge what I have to do.”
“I’ve been single and living alone for so long. I’ve become lonelier.”
“It’s not in my nature to freak out about things. I’m irritatingly calm.”
Taking refuge in upstate New York, and finishing up cancer treatments, this activist has found that getting off social media has been healthy for his COVID isolation.
“Because I lived through so much of the AIDS era, I realized then that we had to stay connected, vigilant, and focused amid bad things.”
“I’ve been emotionally affected, especially when I look at the news on TV and the first thing I see is Gov. Cuomo talking about how many people are infected and have died.”
“As with AIDS, the political machinations, denial, and ignorance over the proven science has been traumatic and a source of anger, despair, and depression at times.”
Houston activist Michael Webb is staying in with friends and ordering his favorite foods to cope during the COVID era. But he still wants to find some good dumbbells online.
“Helping other people that are in worse positions than me has really been the highlight of this.”
Many longtime survivors of HIV are now finding themselves in the middle of a new pandemic. Here is how they are coping.