We are long-term survivors of the AIDS pandemic, the most devastating health crisis of the modern era. We come from diverse races and ethnic backgrounds, genders, incomes, ages, and physical abilities.
With courage and compassion, we survived the darkest days of the plague. Without access to effective treatments, we were forced to rely on each other and ourselves.
As individuals and community, we exhibited strengths we didn’t know we had. Over time we’ve proven we are resilient. At the same time, we are profoundly impacted by the aftermath of survivorship.
We strive not to only to survive but to thrive in meaningful, productive, independent and connected lives free of stigma, ageism, and discrimination regardless of age, gender, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or socioeconomic circumstance.
Now we come together to shift the conversation from surviving to Aging Well with HIV. We never imagined we’d live this long let’s make the most of the time we have left.
We have valuable lessons to teach our community and the world about living and resilience. Let’s embrace our roles at teachers, leaders and elders of our tribe to empower, to empower, engage, unify and elevate HIV Long-Term Survivors.