HIV Long-Term Survivors Day
HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day is held annually on June 5th on the anniversary of the first published report of what came to be known as AIDS. On June 5, 1981 the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published a brief account of five young gay men that had been diagnosed with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), indicating signs of severely compromised immune systems. The account sent huge shockwaves throughout the LGBT community and eventually, around the world.
2018 is a big year in the lives of survivors. It has been 37 years since the announcement HIV. It is also the 20th anniversary of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) that slowed the death rate and turned HIV in to “chronic manageable illness”. Now we are talking about “ending AIDS” while many of us longest term survivors feel forgotten and invisible.
This day is about changing that. It is no longer enough to survive but it is a call to action to THRIVE. It is about being visible. Standing firmly in our remarkable survival and honoring our resiliencies.
We’re Still Here! We are moving forward together. We have plans to make for the next 30 years!