The new issue of Positively Aware is out and online. On the Cover are Let’s Kick ASS cofounders Matt Sharp and Tez Anderson. Thank you to Positively Aware for spotlighting survivors aging with HIV in this issue!
Long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS take control of their destiny
In the three decades that our world has been affected by HIV/AIDS, we have seen a rollercoaster of delayed responses, community togetherness, activism, drug advancements, and continued new infections. Thankfully, today’s epidemic stands in sharp contrast to the early days of AIDS.
Those who experienced the early years, however, describe it as a battle—a war really—one that claimed too many lives and left a community psychically devastated. For those who managed to make it out alive, especially those who are HIV-positive, life has changed dramatically. What once was a community of support has in some cases left these individuals feeling isolated and disconnected, as priorities in the HIV agenda have shifted. Many of these long-term survivors don’t necessarily connect with what’s currently happening in the HIV community, and frequently feel abandoned due to their being “healthy” and alive. But what many may not realize is that although these survivors are indeed alive, they aren’t necessarily living with perfect mental health. Aside from most long-term survivors, a large percentage of the HIV community has failed to acknowledge that experiencing the traumatic events of the early start of the AIDS epidemic can be devastating, often resulting in serious mental ramifications.
Read the rest here>> http://positivelyaware.com/articles/kicking-ass
And check out the rest of the issue including this remarkable piece from editor Jeff Berry “I’m A Survivor” http://positivelyaware.com/articles/im-a-survivor
Here is an excerpt:
It’s necessary to hear and share these stories, for they define a generation. We have the opportunity to learn from our past, and to mentor and teach an entirely new generation—while honoring our history, and the fallen.
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