Jon Jay Read wrote an excellent, moving piece about our experience. It is such a thrill to see long-term survivors finally getting the attention we deserve. And thanks to Jon for mentioning Let’s Kick ASS in the piece.
You can read the whole piece at the link below but here is an excerpt. You can follow him on Twitter. @JonJayRead I know I am.
AIDS continues to characterize the lives of many of us. It buried our youth under a garbage heap of grief, terror, medical equipment, and funeral arrangements. It is in us — the virus, yes, but more to the point, the memory of what it did.
Our youth was spent catering to the intimate physical and emotional needs of dying loved ones — men and women with emaciated, ashen bodies rotted by cancers that medical professionals hadn’t seen for centuries; with lesions, tumors, and weeping wounds for which no amount of gauze was sufficient. We stood in showers, supporting bodies that buckled like marionettes as we washed them. We clasped their hands, comforted them, and joined them in their confusion, humiliation, and sadness. We held on to the possibility — tried to breathe air into it, for them and for ourselves — that ahead of us, in the next life perhaps, there might be something other than anguish.
Also check out our PSA. We have big things happening in January. Watch this space:
Learn about AIDS Survivor Syndrome (ASS) in this PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT.
Directed by award-winning filmmaker and TV producer @Jörg Fockele. Produced by HIV Story Project, Jörg and @Marc Smolowitz. Shot in the National AIDS Memorial Grove it features @Bonnie Parker De Angelis, @Vince Crisostomo @Michael Guillen, @Michael Siever, @Michael Hampton and @TezAnderson.
LEARN MORE: http://LetsKickASS.org