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Preparing for the Aging HIV Epidemic

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I found out in 1984 when the Elisa Test that would detect exposure to HIV became available while on tour with 'La Cage Aux Folles.' 1990 full blown AIDS and multiple infections and health hell. 1996 HIV medicines became available and they've saved my life.nhhhhhh I reached 65 last October. In the gay male world aging is an issue anyway, so live on my brothers, be strong, put your fears in a very small locked bag, take your medicine, laugh always. My near death was an illusion. I'm still alive!

June 18, 2010 Los Angeles


gay men but after reading these responses looks like everyone is playing the isolation game. We need to come out once again and band together in unity to make sure that us aging Poz men and women will be taken care of in proper medical ways.

June 15, 2010 St. Louis

Pat Johnson

28 yrs poz, soon to be 54, own my home, and have excellent healthcare with Medicare. I maintain a lifestyle that get by on, but I know I have best ID doc in Texas and should I die, my after death expenses have been paid already. I asked my doc how long I could expect to live without taking PI meds, not long she said, but we will do our best to keep you alive. Social outlets such as Midtowne Spa should be promoted at govt funding retirement centers.

June 10, 2010 Austin


i find being longterm poz that as im treated by dr's they dont treat my health but only mostly treat my disease and they donot understand what to do for longtermers who have strange ailments due to possible hiv effect on body of over 20 yrs poz, i wish more preventative care would be practiced, to keep us as healthy as we can be. we arent disposable people, we are people that can teach others how to survive . so the longer we are able to be here alive the more others can learn. so helpstayalive.

June 2, 2010 atlanta


Turning 50 was scary enough, but then I was diagnosed as being poz. I have lost all of my friends and most of my family, because they don't know what to say. I have tried to date other men my age that are poz, but it has never happened. I have isolated myself because it is easier to accept the fact that I will be alone the rest of my life than it is to face the rejection of yet another man. I have no idea what age is going to do to me as I have never been 55 before. Only time will tell.

June 1, 2010 Portland, OR


There seems to be a lot of talk of isolation in the 50+ HIV+ age group. What kind of programs should be introduced? Building and maintaining a strong social network is proven to enhance vitality. How will those who are isolated be reached? We have all learned about positive attitudes, now lets take it to the next level.

May 29, 2010 jersey City, NJ


Just turned 50 this past year. Been poz for at least 22yrs. now. I would like to see more programs to provide our age group where we can have a social outlet, and ways to give back to the community. I too find myself more isolated nowadays, and keeping a positive attitude, although challeging at times, I believe, keeps me in good health.

May 21, 2010 Portland, OR

60 year old PLWA

I've had AIDS since I was 49. Been on meds since then too. The article points out that there are services that we, the 50+ people will need. We need to tell them what we need by participating in any all surveys aimed at us. The surveys are one way of making our needs known to the people that are trying to meet our needs. I've been in 2 and will do more when they appear. Peace to all.

May 16, 2010 Columbus Ohio


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