Let’s Kick ASS -AIDS Survivor Syndrome™ is the original grassroots movement of HIV Long-Term survivors.
We’re dedicated to empowering, engaging, unifying and elevating Long- Term Survivors to reclaim our lives, end isolation, and envisioning a future we never dreamed we’d live.
We are powerful advocates for changing the mindset from mere surviving to on focused on Healthy Aging With HIV.
The first town hall forum for HIV/AIDS survivors was held on September 18, 2013. More than 200 packed room at the LGBT Center.
It was the birth of the HIV Long-Term Survivor movement and community mobilization. Before that town hall and the programs that followed no agency in San Francisco or elsewhere had not targeted HIV Long-Term Survivors. We feel great about being the spark that began a movement. Let’s Kick ASS is based in San Francisco. We have chapters in Portland, OR, Palm Springs, CA and Austin, TX. We are rapidly expanding nationally and internationally.
We are 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN: 46-5082959).
You can watch that entire first town hall here.
Let’s Kick ASS is devoted to ensuring HIV Long-Term Survivors are empowered to age well with HIV and thrive.
The Imperative to Take Action
More than half of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States are over the age of 50, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is estimated that by 2020, 70 percent of HIV patients will be 50 or older.
Advances in HIV treatment have turned what was once considered a death sentence into a manageable chronic disease. Many patients in the early days of the epidemic lived only a few years after diagnosis, but a person diagnosed today with HIV may experience a lifespan similar to that of the general population.
There is a growing percentage of people with HIV who are living decades, not merely years, after their diagnosis.
Given the unique needs of people with HIV as they navigate a path toward healthy aging, advocates are calling for increased focus and purposeful action to develop a plan that will allow patients and providers to collectively improve the way that older people with HIV can expect to age.
To further this conversation about needed actions, Theratechnologies, a specialty pharmaceutical company addressing unmet medical needs in metabolic disorders to promote healthy aging and improved quality of life, convened key national thought leaders in aging and HIV at a roundtable on March 2, 2016. The meeting’s two-fold focus: discuss the current landscape for older adults with HIV and explore the perceptions and knowledge about what’s needed to improve the ability of the older population with HIV to effectively manage multimorbidity and to focus on healthy aging. Roundtable participants identified three core themes that they perceived as important next steps to advance actions that can improve healthy aging for people with HIV.
Click here to download the roundtable report>>Building a Focus on Healthy Aging for Older Adults Living With HIV: A Call to Action
Roundtable Participants Included:
- Tez Anderson, Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome)
- William Arnold, Community Access National Network (CANN)
- Jeff Bailey, AIDS Project of Los Angeles (APLA)
- Rick Guasco, Positively Aware
- Stephen Karpiak, PhD, ACRIA Center for HIV and Aging, New York University College of Nursing
- Alysa Krain, MD, American Academy of HIV Medicine
- Jeffrey Kwong, DNP, MPH,ANP-BC, FAANP, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
- Jenetter Richburg, AID Atlanta
- Rick Siclari, MBA, CareResource
- Marianne M. Swanson, RN,BSN, ACRN, Association ofNurses in AIDS Care
- Aaron Tax, JD, Services Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE)
- Nelson Vergel, Program for Wellness Restoration (PoWeR)
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