POZ Special Issue: 31 at 30

POZ Special Issue: 31 at 30

Thirty-one long-term survivors on thirty years of AIDS


Sean Strub

Innovator, rule-breaker, POZ founder, senior adviser to the Positive Justice Project combating HIV criminalization, positive for 31 years.

Robert Chodo Campbell

Buddhist counselor, peacemaker, founder of New York City’s Zen Center for Contemplative Care, positive for 28 years.

Kim Hunter

Manager of the Office for Women’s Health at New Jersey’s Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, ex-prisoner, freestyle cruiser, positive for 23 years

Sylvia Young

Woman of the WORLD (peer advocate program manager at Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease), positive for 16 years

Dab Garner

Teddy bear-tender (creator of Dab the AIDS Bear Project), positive for 29 years

Stacey Latimer

Gay minister (Love Alive International Sanctuary of Praise NYC), believer, positive for 24 years

Bamby Salcedo

Mexicana immigrant, transgender warrior, coordinator of the Children’s Hospital L.A. transgender youth program, positive for 16 years

Sharon Wagner

Mother and grandmother, churchgoer, cancer survivor, positive for 24 years

Peter Staley

AIDSmeds founder, crystal-kicker, ex-Wall Streeter, positive for 28 years

Jane Fowler

Graceful and gracious voice of HIV over 50, founder, HIV Wisdom for Older Women, positive for 25 years

Fred Hersch

Jazz pianist and composer, coma survivor, AIDS fund-raiser, positive for 25 years

Mechelle Jones

Crack-habit code cracker, inspirer, admissions coordinator for HELP/PSI in the Bronx, New York, positive for 16 years

Lisa Tiger

Muscogee Nation role model, speaker, mom and adopter of abused kids, positive for 23 years

Loreen Willenberg

HIV controller, former landscaper who started the Zephyr Foundation to promote controller studies, positive for 19 years

Hydeia Broadbent

HIV’s knock-your-socks-off baby girl, award-winning public speaker, positive for 27 years (her whole life)

Larry Bryant

Rebel rouser, former all-star footballer, Housing Works’ national field organizer, positive for 25 years

David Lee

Welcoming shoulder and master of social work at Culturally Compassionate Counseling, positive for 16 years

Shawn Decker

Shawn Decker

Positoid rock star, educator and author (My Pet Virus), POZ blogger, positive for 25 years

Susan Rodriguez

SMART starter (founder, SMART University, New York City), positive for 16 years

Tracy Bruce

Georgia peach of a mom and grandmother, HIV prevention specialist, positive for 26 years

Latrischa Miles

Champion adherence counselor (at the Kansas City Free Health Clinic), positive for 16 years

Eric Sawyer

Ambassador of activism, UNAIDS adviser, cofounder of ACT UP New York and Health GAP, positive for 30 years

Tom Duane

Openly gay and HIV-positive New York State Senator, community champion and hero, positive for 30 years

Jorge Delgado

Impassioned and empowered minister, HIV/AIDS ministry director at Metropolitan Community Church in DC, positive for 23 years

Jack Mackenroth

Project Runway contestant, advocate and athlete, positive for 22 years

Linda Scruggs

Program director, AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families, survivor of incest, sexual abuse and cocaine, positive for 21 years

Monica Johnson

One of our favorite HEROES (she founded Helping Everyone Receive Ongoing Effective Support in Columbia, Louisiana), positive for 27 years

Imani Harrington

HIV drama-writing queen (Bitter Fruit, for example), positive for 26 years.

Dawn Averitt Bridge

The Well Project founder, mother (her older daughter was POZ’s first cover baby, celebrating an HIV-negative birth), positive for 23 years

Greg Louganis

Diving board Olympian, trainer of divers and dogs, positive for 23 years

Mary Fisher

Artist, world-rocker (her speech at the 1992 Republican Convention broke the don’t-say-AIDS barrier), educator, positive for 20 years


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