JUNE 5 is HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day, a time to celebrate survivors as the heroes they are.

HONOR THE HEROES

Over 50% of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States are over the age of 50.

More than 1 in 4 have been living with HIV for over 25 years.

Long-Term Survivors take an average of nine different medications a day. Most take more. As many as 15 medications for due to aging with HIV. Polypharmacy is a dangerous threat and difficult to manage.

Nearly half are living with a disability.

25% of people have lived with HIV since 1996 or earlier. All have over half of their lives with HIV/AIDS.

For the 1980s and most of the 1990s having HIV was a considered a death sentence.

Long-Term Survivors are the generation that survived AIDS.

They are visible symbols of resilience, strength, and perseverance.

Despite being an overlooked population facing ageism, older adults with HIV are a valuable untapped resource for the community.

They earned their badges in empathy, caretaking and heroism.

In 1996 better medications arrived and changed HIV to “chronic manageable illness.” But that diminishes the complexity of the reality.

Aging is privilege and surviving AIDS is complicated.

If you think AIDS is “no big deal” or is “nearly over” you are not paying attention.

While we end the epidemic lets ensure a better quality of life for people living longest with HIV.

AIDS Survivors lived through a holocaust and are largely invisible in the world.

WE WILL SPEAK UP. IT IS UP TO YOU TO LISTEN

JUNE 5 is HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day, a time to celebrate survivors as the heroes they are.

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