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AIDS SURVIVORS SUMMIT CONVENES ON JUNE 5, 2014 NATIONAL HIV/AIDS LONG-TERM SURVIVORS AWARENESS DAY IN SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco, CA — Let’s Kick ASS is the lead sponsor of the first-ever AIDS Survivors Summit at the San Francisco LGBT Center on June 5, 2014 from 2:00-9:00 PM on National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day. We are inviting Bay Area AIDS organizations, community groups and individuals to be a part of this day.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND FREE. Doors open at 1:00 PM
We are starting day at the National AIDS Memorial Grove at 11:30 for a survivors healing circle and tree planting.
We can transport you to the grove then to the center.
A bus will leave the Castro. It will be parked in front of Cafe Flore on Noe at Market St. It will take attendees to the National AIDS Memorial Grove for an 11:30 ceremony wait and bring folks back to the LGBT Center.
Let’s Kick ASS will bring together long-term AIDS survivors and their allies in an effort to begin addressing the unique needs and challenges faced by those longest affected by the AIDS epidemic. One of the challenges is lack of future orientation. Otherissues like aging with HIV, disability and retirement and AIDS survivor syndrome (ASS) and posttraumatic stress to name few. The daylong gathering is designed to empower participants through discussions, workshops and presentations with an emphasis on optimizing survivors’ lives.
We are putting out a call for participants and sponsors for the day. “Let’s Kick ASS is a grassroots effort and our resources are limited but our reach has been dramatic,” says cofounder Tez Anderson. “We seem to be striking a vital nerve for the large Bay Area survivors population over 50.”
More than 50% of people living with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco are already age 50 or older Let’s Kick ASS realizes that all providers are attempting to figure out how to best serve this cohort.
The day is not designed as a memorial or a somber event. We want to help survivors live the best lives they can now while we plan for making the next two decades the best they can be. We want the recall the resilience, strength and bravery the community exhibited. It was the worst of times that brought out the best of people. We fought the AIDS battles without preparation and while the losses were profound the stories of ordinary people doing amazing things are myriad. We exhibited strength we didn’t know we had.
But the battle is ongoing. 18 years after the dramatic death rate dropped in 1998 there has been growing evidence of AIDS survivor syndrome. It manifests in depression, anxiety, loss of future orientation, a lack of meaning and purpose. Some give up hope and end their lives rather than life with the losses and survivor guilt.
But healing wounded AIDS warriors is possible we need to come together and take care of those longest affected and let them know there is hope for a better future. These next twenty or thirty years are the final act for this generation. Instead of feeling invisible and forgotten long-term survivors need to be acknowledged, congratulated for surviving and hailed as heroes of war they didn’t choose.
On June 5 we are all coming together to honor our experience by planning for our future. June 5 begins a new chapter in the story of AIDS Survivor Syndrome and Let’s Kick ASS. We begin optimizing survivors’ lives. It is time to focus on healing the trauma and planning for the next twenty years.
For more information on National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day visit: www.NHALTSAD.org.
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