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Why This Project/Why Now

Black or white, gay or straight, the face that most Americans imagine when they think about HIV/AIDS isn’t particularly wrinkled. Yet approximately one quarter of the people living with HIV in 2005 were 50 or older, and studies project that by 2015 more than half of all people living with … Read More…

Carnetta Transcript

I would like to say that it’s not the end. There was a time when somebody said you had HIV, you felt like you were doomed. But they have come so far in our society with this disease that people are living much longer. I tell you, I couldn’t feel better. I’m 60, and I’ve had it since ’91. [...]

HIV/AIDS in the US

The history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic can be broken down into the periods before and after 1996, when modern HIV treatment, known as “highly active antiretroviral therapy,” first came into widespread use. Many of the individuals profiled in The Graying of AIDS were diagnosed as HIV-positive before effective combinations of … Read More…

Ronald Video Portrait

Ronald Johnson, age 63. Washington, DC.

Diagnosed in 1989, Ronald lost his partner in the early days of the epidemic. In the years since he has worked with a variety of important policy and advocacy organizations tackling a range of issues central to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the US (see … Read More…

Sue Video Portrait

Sue Saunders, age 73. Fort Lauderdale, FL 

Diagnosed in 1991 at the age 58, Sue helped launch Florida’s first Seniors HIV Intervention Program. While she is not active in peer outreach any longer and has had to cut back on her gardening because of back problems, she continues to … Read More…

Robert Video Portrait

Robert Brewster, age 75.  New York, NY 

A long-term survivor living with HIV, Robert has been active in the arts and HIV-positive communities of New York City for years. Classically trained as a vocalist and musical director specializing in German song cycles, he was the artistic director of the Robert … Read More…

Bill Video Portrait

Bill Rydwels, age 77. Chicago, IL.

Diagnosed in 1985, Bill lost his partner of 17 years in the early days of the epidemic. He is a founding member of TPAN (Test Positive Awareness Network) in Chicago, and continues to be an active participant of the SAGE (Services & Advocacy for … Read More…

Richard Video Portrait

Richard Kearns, age 58. Los Angeles, CA.

A poet, journalist, activist, and Graying of AIDS advisory panel member, Richard is a long-term survivor living in Los Angeles. His blog – a cultural activist’s site with intended social, artistic, and political impact, aims to seek out, collect, and publish materials … Read More…

Anna Transcript

I met my husband in a night club. He was one of the musicians there and I used to go because I liked to dance. He was the love of my life. We had a wonderful marriage, you know. We were best friends. We were lovers. And we … Read More…

Stories From A Graying Pandemic

After three participatory installations at AIDS2012 in Washington, DC, USA, AIDS2014 in Melbourne, Australia, and AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa, you can still visit our On-line Exhibition

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What does aging with HIV look like? Increased access to antiretroviral therapy is enabling people around the world to live with HIV into … Read More…