HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day 2017 Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 30, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Tez Anderson
Let’s Kick ASS-AIDS Survivor Syndrome
Tez@LetsKickASS.org • Tel: +1 (415) 999–2788
MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND PLAN YOUR EVENTS FOR JUNE 5: 4th ANNUAL HIV LONG-TERM SURVIVORS AWARENESS DAY
San Francisco, CA — “HIV-Resilient” is the celebration theme of this year’s fourth annual HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day (HLTSAD) taking place June 5th in cities nationwide.
This year’s commemoration marks the 36th anniversary of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting on June 5, 1981 about five cases of a rare pneumonia affecting young gay men living in New York and California. It was the beginning of what would later be identified as HIV/AIDS. Today we know that HIV doesn’t discriminate and impacts people of all ages, races, sexual orientations, and socio-economic backgrounds. Currently 26% of all 1.4 million people living with HIV in the U.S. became positive before 1996, meaning they are long-term survivors.
“HIV-Resilient” will tell the stories of survivors’ resilience. To that end, HLTSAD founder, Tez Anderson, is asking HIV/AIDS advocates nationwide to elevate the voices of HIV Long-Term Survivors. Anderson is looking for people to tell stories of survival using images, words, and videos to illustrate how many years we have been living with the virus.
“Given the current political climate, when our healthcare is being threatened by a new administration, it’s vital that we hear the stories of survivors of the worst epidemic of the modern age,” Anderson says.
Anderson, founder of Let’s Kick ASS — AIDS Survivor Syndrome, who started HLTSAD in 2014, is seeking to transform the conversation on long-term survivorship to ensure a hopeful message focused on creating a healthier future for older adults with HIV.
“#HLTSAD2017 is an opportunity to have picnics, potlucks or town halls. It is about ending the isolation survivors often experience,” he says. Anderson encourages people to take photos and share them on social media. “We want to increase the visibility of the thousands of survivors.”
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For more information and ideas about events please visit http://HLTSAD.org
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About Let’s Kick ASS
Let’s Kick ASS — AIDS Survivor Syndrome, a grassroots movement of HIV Long-Term Survivors is the originator and lead sponsor for this observance day, an official awareness day on AIDS.gov. To learn more visit https://LetsKickASS.org and our blog at https://LetsKickASS.hiv. Twitter @LetsKickASS_org