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Kicking ASS in Positively Aware

Tez Anderson – 14 January 2015 – Aging, Aging with HIV, AIDS, AIDS Elders, AIDS Survivor Syndrome (ASS), Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Disability, Grief, Health, History, HIV, HIV and Aging, Long-term Survivors, Mental Health, Press, PTS – Post-Traumatic Stress, Resilience, Seniors, Stigma, Survival
The new issue of Positively Aware is out and online. On the Cover are Lets Kick ASS cofounders Matt Sharp and Tez Anderson. Thank you to Positively Aware for spotlighting survivors aging with HIV in this issue! KICKING ASS Long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS take control of their destiny By David Duran PHOTOGRAPHY BY Duane Cramer In the

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Tez Anderson – 30 May 2014 – AIDS Survivor Syndrome (ASS), Awareness Day, Long-term Survivors, Press
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Tez Anderson – 25 May 2014 – Aging, AIDS, AIDS Elders, Awareness Day, Depression, Event, HIV, Long-term Survivors, Press, PTS – Post-Traumatic Stress, Resilience, Spencer Cox, Stigma, Survival
Tez got published on You can start it here A Day To Call Our Own It has been 33 years since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first released a report about a mystery illness that would come to be known as HIV. For the next 20 years, AIDS would hit

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Our Press Clips and Press Inquiry

MEDIA INQUIRES. To arrange interviews about Lets Kick ASS, AIDS Survivor Syndrome or long-term survivors please contact Tez Anderson at:



Long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS take control of their destiny

By David Duran Photography by Duane Cramer

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.

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At the end of the year. Tez Anderson sat down with Andrew Bowen, a freelance radio producer. Tez says We spent several pleasant hours chatting. Hes an amazing interviewer and fun to hang out with. According to his web site, Andrew is originally from the small city of Santa Rosa, an hour north of San Francisco, in the heart of the Sonoma County wine country. He studied journalism and Spanish at Northwestern University, then moved to Germany to work for Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international public broadcaster.

Andrew did three pieces one written and two audio check them out here:

Veterans of an Unpopular War Out magazine December 2014

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.

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.

Let’s Kick ASS in the dessert. World AIDS Day 2014

KMIR TV News Palm Springs

KMIR News | Palm Springs, California

LIFE SENTENCE Maisonneuve Magazine

By Nicholas Cameron

TWENTY-EIGHT YEARS AGO, Tez Anderson left his apartment in the Castro, walked four blocks to a local clinic and was told he had HIV.

“Going up the hill back home, I remember how vivid the colour of the sky was, how bright the sun was, how green the fennel on the steps to my staircase was … It felt like the world was electrically charged,” says Anderson, now fifty-five. “But the funny thing is that I’ve talked to other people about that day, and a lot of them have similar stories. I guess looking back on it, it was just a form of shock.”

In 1986, Anderson was given between nineteen and twenty-four months to live. Around him, friends were dying fast. “It was like living in a war-zone. You would see people on the street who were hearty one day, and then you’d see them looking a little sicker, and then they’d be on a walker, or with someone, or carrying around an oxygen tank. And then they’d disappear.”

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Watch survivors share their experiences of the AIDS epidemic.

AIDS Long Term Survivors edited by Kelly Dessoye on Vimeo. Shot for One Day On Earth by the HIV Story Project.

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 long-term survivors Bonnie Parker De Angelis, Vince Crisostomo Michael Guillen, Michael Siever, Michael Hampton and Tez Anderson.

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Here are a collection of our recent press from our first amazing year:


POZ magazine features Tez in its September survivors issue.

“If AIDS had happened mostly to straight white men, there would probably be AIDS museums in every city of America,” Anderson says. He has a point: So far, AIDS has claimed more American lives than both world wars.

Dr. Marcy Adelman, is co-founder of the amazing non-profit organization Openhouse and is a member of the San Francisco LGBT Aging Policy Task Force.

Healing the Wounded AIDS Warrior: An Interview with Tez Anderson

Anderson outlined some of the present challenges:

Help people reclaim their lives. We need to help people imagine a future and a life they never thought they would have. We must start planning for the next 20 years. We have the opportunity to heal wounded AIDS warriors and to better the lives of others and ourselves. This is our greatest challenge and greatest opportunity.

Work to combat poverty. Many members of our community are on disability and have restricted incomes.

Identify how HIV/AIDS impacts other health issues and aging. He explained that it is often difficult to tease out if health problems are due to HIV, aging or something else.

Fight ageism. As he said, “We have a culture that doesn’t respect older people. We are old and should be treated with respect. When you see an older LGBT person on the street, smile at them. Acknowledge us. But this is a two way street. Act like you deserve respect and you will get respect.”

Healing the Wounded AIDS Warrior: An Interview with Tez Anderson

JUNE 2014

POZ magazine published Tez Andersons op-ed about the need for a National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day.

The Bay Area Report covers our forthcoming AIDS Survivors Summit on June 5.

SF group designates day for long-term AIDS survivors:

Matt Sharp writes an op-ed about the movement and the day in the new issue of the BAR:

Were still here:

Matthew S. Bajko wrote another great piece Trauma of AIDS Epidemic Impacts Aging Survivors in the Bay Area Reporter 04/03/2014

Joaquin Palomino wrote a wonderful piece in the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Staying Alive

BETA published a chat between Matt Sharp and Tez Anderson entitled

Dreaming A New Future: A Conversation with Long-Term Survivors

Dreaming A New Future: A Conversation with Long-Term Survivors

Al Jazeera America covers AIDS Survivor Syndrome

Trauma of AIDS Epidemic Impacts Aging Survivors

SAN FRANCISCOThe nightmares terrorized San Francisco resident Tez Anderson for years. He would dream he was buried deep underground and wake in the middle of the night feeling panicked.

It felt like I was in a lot of danger. It was not so much about death, it was more that I was in peril, recalled Anderson, who is 55.

Three decades ago Anderson learned he was HIV positive and, like many other gay men of his generation, witnessed what felt like a holocaust as he watched countless friends, lovers and associates being felled by AIDS.

Anderson survived to see the introduction of antiretroviral therapy in the 1990s, turning what had been a death sentence for so many into a now manageable chronic disease. Eventually, he would help create a way for other HIV/AIDS survivors to bond for mutual support and fight for better services.

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Instinct Magazine

From The Bottom Up

SF Weekly

San Francisco AIDS Foundation features Tez Anderson in a piece in BETA:

Definition of Brave: Long Term Survivors Reunite at Town Hall Forum in San Francisco by Matt Sharp

The Bay Area Reporter has done a couple of pieces about the work of Lets Kick ASS:

You can read the Castro Biscuit account of our first town hall here: