The Graying of AIDS – Stories from an Aging Pandemic.

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


















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 exhibition(those photographed will also receive a copy of their portrait to keep). Older adults living with HIV will also be invited to share some of their stories and thoughts on aging with the virus during a targeted interview, and quotes from these interviews will punctuate both the on-site and on-line exhibitions. Collectively, we hope that these excerpts will help underscore the similarities and differences between people’s experiences of aging with the virus in different cultures and political and economic climates around the world. Finally, anyone – regardless of age or HIV-status – is encouraged to join the conversation by sharing their reactions to these images and quotes, or submitting their own questions for participants.

And if you won’t be heading to DC, we hope you’ll visit our on-line exhibition throughout the week; watch how the conversation develops through portraits, quotes, and reactions on-site, on Facebook and on Twitter; and let us know what you think and what you’d like to know more about. You can start right now! Tell us:

If you could ask one question of older adults aging with HIV around the world, what would it be?  
This exhibition will be presented in collaboration with AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA). ACRIA will also be presenting on aging and HIV/AIDS throughout the week – often in tandem with key domestic and international partners working in advocacy, research, services, and policy. Don’t miss the satellite conference “HIV and Aging: The Challenge of the Epidemic’s Fourth Decade” (presented by ACRIA, the Terrence Higgins Trust, HelpAge International, GNP+, SAGE, and GMHC) on Wednesday, July 25, 6:30-8:30 pm. To learn more about this and other events taking place throughout the week, check out AIDS 2012 Reunion.