Long-Term Survivors In OUT Magazine

Jon Jay Read wrote an excellent, moving piece about our experience. It is such a thrill to see long-term survivors finally getting the attention we deserve. And thanks to Jon for mentioning Let’s Kick ASS in the piece.

You can read the whole piece at the link below but here is an excerpt. You can follow him on Twitter. @JonJayRead I know I am.

Veterans of an Unpopular War: the bittersweet life of the long-term AIDS survivor

AIDS continues to characterize the lives of many of us. It buried our youth under a garbage heap of grief, terror, medical equipment, and funeral arrangements. It is in us — the virus, yes, but more to the point, the memory of what it did.

Our youth was spent catering to the intimate physical and emotional needs of dying loved ones — men and women with emaciated, ashen bodies rotted by cancers that medical professionals hadn’t seen for centuries; with lesions, tumors, and weeping wounds for which no amount of gauze was sufficient. We stood in showers, supporting bodies that buckled like marionettes as we washed them. We clasped their hands, comforted them, and joined them in their confusion, humiliation, and sadness. We held on to the possibility — tried to breathe air into it, for them and for ourselves — that ahead of us, in the next life perhaps, there might be something other than anguish.



Also check out our PSA. We have big things happening in January. Watch this space:

Let’s Kick ASS—AIDS Survivor Syndrome – PSA from Let’s Kick (ASS) on Vimeo.

Learn about AIDS Survivor Syndrome (ASS) in this PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker and TV producer @Jörg Fockele. Produced by HIV Story Project, Jörg and @Marc Smolowitz. Shot in the National AIDS Memorial Grove it features @Bonnie Parker De Angelis, @Vince Crisostomo @Michael Guillen, @Michael Siever, @Michael Hampton and @TezAnderson.

LEARN MORE: http://LetsKickASS.org

AIDS Survivors Struggle With Having A Future

AIDS survivors struggle with having a future

Half of those living with HIV in the US will be over 50 by 2015. Many long-term survivors never expected to live so long and are struggling with symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Andrew Bowen reports from San Francisco.

Tez Anderson smiles as he greets a small group of friends at Church Street Cafe in the Castro, San Francisco’s historically gay neighborhood. It’s Saturday morning, and his activist group is holding its weekly social meet-up.

“It’s a very informal gathering, no agenda topics, we just hang out and chat,” says Anderson. “It’s a purely social time for everybody to hang out and discuss whatever’s on their minds.”

Read the rest of the story here on Deutsche Welle’s website (It is German but in English): http://www.dw.de/aids-survivors-struggle-with-having-a-future/a-18091699


Join us for Saturday Morning Caffeine, Chat and Connection for Long-Term Survivors at Church Street Cafe


Life Sentence

Maisonneuve Magazine


By Nicholas Cameron

TWENTY-EIGHT YEARS AGO, Tez Anderson left his apartment in the Castro, walked four blocks to a local clinic and was told he had HIV.

“Going up the hill back home, I remember how vivid the colour of the sky was, how bright the sun was, how green the fennel on the steps to my staircase was … It felt like the world was electrically charged,” says Anderson, now fifty-five. “But the funny thing is that I’ve talked to other people about that day, and a lot of them have similar stories. I guess looking back on it, it was just a form of shock.”

In 1986, Anderson was given between nineteen and twenty-four months to live. Around him, friends were dying fast. “It was like living in a war-zone. You would see people on the street who were hearty one day, and then you’d see them looking a little sicker, and then they’d be on a walker, or with someone, or carrying around an oxygen tank. And then they’d disappear.”

Read the rest at: http://maisonneuve.org/article/2014/11/28/life-sentence/

Let’s Kick ASS in Palm Springs

Tez Anderson and Matt Sharp will be in Palm Springs for Pathways to Health and Well-Being HIV Conference on World AIDS Day, Monday, December 1, 2014 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Visit  http://www.pathwayshivconference.org/#sthash.VVMmXcfV.dpuf to register.

Check out the line up. If you are in the area please come by. Registration is free and the link is below!!

8:15 AM – 9:00 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast, Exhibitors Showcase

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM 
Welcome – Primrose Hall
Susan Harrington, M.S., R.D., Director, Riverside County Public Health Department
David Brinkman, CEO, Desert AIDS Project

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM  
Keynote Address – Primrose Hall
Turning Stigma into Strength
@SeanStrub, Executive Director, The Sero Project & Writer, AIDS Activist

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  
First Round of Breakout Sessions
Session 1 – Sexual Health/Family Planning – Mesquite D
Geeta Gupta, M.D.
Session 2 – HIV & Substance Use – Mesquite E
Kathy Gardener
Session 3 – Holistic Health – Mesquite H
Shannon Sinsheimer, N.P.
Session 4 – Navigating the Affordable Care Act – Mesquite G
George Zander

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM  
Lunch & Raffle Drawing

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Second Round of Breakout Sessions
Session 1 – Mindful Way Stress Reduction – Mesquite D
Hugh O’Neill
Session 2 – HIV & Cancer – Mesquite E
Richard Loftus, M.D.
Session 3 – Pain Management – Mesquite H
Virginia Cafaro, M.D.
Session 4 – HIV and Nutrition – Mesquite G
Elizabeth (Quigley) Kelsey, RD

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM 
Afternoon Break: Ice Cream Social

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM 
Third Round of Breakout Sessions
Session 1 – What is AIDS Survivor Syndrome (ASS)? – Mesquite D
@TezAnderson, Let’s Kick ASS
Session 2 – HIV, Hepatitis C and STDs – Mesquite E
Steven Scheibel, M.D.
Henry Nosovitsky, PA
Session 3 – Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) – Mesquite H
Host: @EricPaulLeue
Session 4 – Depression and Anxiety – Mesquite G
David Hersh, M.D.

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Continuing the Conversation – Primrose Hall
Sean Strub and Tez Anderson

Register here: http://www.pathwayshivconference.org/schedule.html#sthash.l1cuTyH0.dpuf

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