A Time of Dialog and Reflection in NYC

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This summer New York City is offering a variety of opportunities to gain perspective on the history of AIDS and learn more about where things stand today. In addition to exhibits at the La Mama Galleria (closing this weekend) and The New York Historical Society (thru September 15), a number of events are highlighting key groups affected by the epidemic, including women and long-term survivors.

InvitationHIVAGINGAn upcoming event at the SAGE Center in Manhattan will feature multimedia materials from The Graying of AIDS to open a conversation on aging and HIV between a number of panelists. Pfizer and SAGE Present: HIV and Aging Panel will take place this Friday (June 28) and will explore some of the issues confronting older adults living with the virus. Panelists will include Katja Heinemann, Project Co-Director, Visual Journalist, Graying of AIDS; Robert Espinoza, Senior Director of Policy & Communications, SAGE; Carmine Novembre, Director, External Medical Affairs, Pfizer Inc.; and Christopher Davis, SAGE constituent and author. The event is free and light refreshments will be served – we hope to see you there (Please RSVP at info@sageusa.org or 212.741.2247).

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Searching for Older Adult Perspectives on World AIDS Day

While the theme for World AIDS Day (December 1st) was “Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths,” it seems that many in the mainstream media are focusing on the idea of an “AIDS-free Generation.” For this reason, perhaps it’s not surprising that there wasn’t more about older adults living with the virus in this year’s coverage in the mainstream press. Still, a number of articles have come out recently that we’d love to share with you:

THE GRAYING OF AIDS IN THE NEWS:
The Brooklyn Rail featured this piece on The Graying of AIDS that explores some of the history of our project and highlights our recent internationally-focused work, while progressive news service IPSnews.net interviewed Graying’s Naomi Schegloff for this syndicated article on older adults living with HIV/AIDS, which was also published in Spanish.

 

GRAYING PARTICIPANTS IN THE NEWS:
Anna Fowlkes, participant in both our domestically focused project, The Graying of AIDS, and our internationally focused project, A Graying Pandemic, was interviewed for an HLNtv.com program on baby boomers and HIV. Graying Pandemic participant Ron Swanda was interviewed for this piece on the challenges of aging with HIV/AIDS for web-based medical and health news service Medical Xpress.

 

SPEAKING DIRECTLY TO OLDER ADULTS LIVING WITH THE VIRUS:
PositiveLite.com offered up this informative and thought-provoking write-up that highlights some of the challenges confronting older adults with HIV/AIDS, while this piece in Instinct Magazine speaks specifically to older gay and bisexual men living with the virus. The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging has been posting a series of brief, informative videos with Lambda Legal’s Natalie Chin that inform older LGBT and/or HIV-positive adults about their rights concerning a variety of issues, including videos on the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act and housing discrimination.STEP 1: ADMITTING YOU HAVE A PROBLEM:
While ThinkProgress Health cites the graying of the epidemic as one of “Five Huge Advances We’ve Made to Combat the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic,” Rachel Albone of HelpAge International writes eloquently about the disappointment that many felt when the 2012 Global AIDS Epidemic Report released by UNAIDS failed to discuss the experiences of older adults living with HIV/AIDS around the globe. HelpAge International has also released this animated video sharing the stories of three older women living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. If you missed this piece written by ACRIA’s Daniel Tietz for The Huffington Post back in late October about both recent progress and on-going challenges facing older adults living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S., it’s not too late to get caught up.  And for a great overview of where the larger fight against HIV/AIDS currently stands, you can’t beat this round-up and call to action by Poz’s Regan Hofmann.Finally, in honor of World AIDS Day, we’ve added a number of new photographs and interviews to A Graying Pandemic as part of our on-going efforts to get more older adult perspectives out there – and more stories are coming soon, so check back regularly!

Aging and HIV Media Highlights & Project Updates

In the Global Village of the XIX International AIDS Conference – held in Washington, DC, from July 22-27, 2012 – The Graying of AIDS team (Katja Heinemann, Naomi Schegloff, and Viviana Peretti) worked with adults age 50+ living with HIV/AIDS from around the world to create A Graying Pandemic, a series of photographic portraits and interviews that explores what it means to be aging with the virus around the globe.

We are delighted that the topic of aging and HIV/AIDS received so much attention at the conference (including a number of presentations and an excellent satellite conference coordinated by ACRIA, our collaborating partners on A Graying Pandemic; we are even more excited that a variety of media outlets made a point of ensuring that the message got out to the larger public.

MEDIA ROUND-UP:
Here are a number of links to some of that coverage, including mainstream American outlets like ABC News, The Washington Post (we’re featured in pics 7 & 8 ), the Associated Press and The Los Angeles Times, and key international publications like The Mail and Guardian. In the months since the conference, and coinciding with National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, additional coverage has come out of important media outlets that target the HIV/AIDS community, including the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s BETA blog, and powerhouse information clearinghouse TheBody.com has launched a brand new aging and HIV/AIDS focused resource page, held a roundtable discussion on the topic, Read More…

It’s a Wrap!

As Our Participatory Installation at AIDS2012 Closes, You Can Still Visit Our On-line Exhibition

Over the roughly five days that the Global Village at the XIX International AIDS Conference was open, The Graying of AIDS team (Katja Heinemann, Naomi Schegloff, and Viviana Peretti) worked with adults age 50+ from around the world who openly self-identify as living with HIV or AIDS to create photographic portraits and explore what it means to be aging with the virus around the globe. In all, we photographed and interviewed older adults from 12 countries, 13 American states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, posting new images and interview excerpts in our on-site and on-line galleries whenever things quieted down for a moment.

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The Graying of AIDS – Stories from an Aging Pandemic.

A Participatory Installation at the XIX International AIDS Conference
Washington, DC, July 22 – 27th

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FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Opening Hours:  Sunday July 22: 5pm-9:30pm
Mon-Thurs July 23-26: 8:30am-8:30pm
Friday July 27: 8:30am-12pm

While The Graying of AIDS has always focused on older adults living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, from July 22 – 27th we will be setting up shop at AIDS2012 to use the documentary arts to explore what it means to be aging with the virus around the world. Now that increased access to effective anti-HIV medications is enabling many people to live with the virus into their 50s, 60s, and beyond, what lies ahead? There is no single answer, and we want to hear your take. Where are you from? What’s your story? Help shape our group portrait of the graying of this epidemic.

Visit us in the cafe (Booth #959) of the Global Village – the only part of the XIX International AIDS Conference that is free and open to the public. Anyone aged 50 or older who self-identifies as aging with HIV is invited to join us in our temporary portrait studio to pose for a photographic portrait which will be added to an ever-evolving on-site installation of photographs and uploaded to a new “on-line exhibitionRead More…