The Graying of AIDS in the News

A collection of media coverage featuring the Graying of AIDS project; for a news media round-up of current articles on HIV and aging, please follow us on facebook.


December 2015
YAHOO! News features Stories From an Aging Pandemic:

For World AIDS Day, we were bringing a selection of 26 stories and portraits to new audiences over at the online portal’s photo features.



September 2015
POZ Magazine features The Graying of AIDS:

In honor of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, POZ ran a nice summary of the work we’ve been doing over the past few years, getting the word out about aging and HIV – read their story here.



Spring 2015
Well Beyond HIV traveling exhibition and campaign:

Our most recent partnership saw us team up with national pharmacy chain Walgreens to produce a traveling exhibition of portraits and testimonials that highlight “people aging well beyond their HIV diagnosis.”  After its initial launch in Miami, the exhibit has traveled to San Francisco and further stops will be announced as future cities and events are identified.

WABC_HereAndNowThank you to WABC New York for featuring the campaign on their Here and Now program.

Detailed features on Well Beyond HIV ran in HIVPlus Magazine and A&U Magazine.

San Francisco media coverage included a story in the SF Chronicle and a video of the reception / opening event at the SF LGBT Center by KTVU.

The January launch event at Miami’s The Edition Hotel was featured prominently in the Nuevo Herald, as well as on a number of city blogs, and Miami participant Vanessa’s story was highlighted in the Huffington Post.



The Graying of AIDS is published in China:

It’s wonderful to see that the original body of work from The Graying of AIDS project, created almost ten years ago for Time Magazine, is still finding new audiences – most recently in Spring Breeze Magazine / China Press for Persons with Disability.



Magnum Foundation’s Photography, Expanded Symposium:

PhotoEx_FredrickaWe were honored to learn that The Graying of AIDS was selected to be among the four projects receiving mentorship as part of the pilot of a #PhotoEx project development initiative, during which artists were paired with design and communications experts for one-on-one meetings to implement a digital strategy for their work.

To learn more about the Photography, Expanded Symposium and our “lessons learned,” check out the Magnum Foundation’s blog, or watch these videos of our brief presentation and the panel discussion involving all four projects that followed – and check out some of the other amazing talks while you’re at it!


Summer/Fall 2014
Media coverage of the Graying of AIDS at AIDS2014:

Our participatory installation at the 20th International AIDS Conference is featured nicely in two brief interview clips that are part of the conference’s Global Village daily news round-up: part 1 (beginning at min 0:19) and part 2 (at mins 1:54 and 3:00.)


Hong Kong’s Phoenix Weekly gave a nice accounting of our work and specifically mentions our interview with Beijing based HIV-activist Meng Lin. And closer to the conference’s home down under, PosLink Victoria put our work (and their local activists) on the cover of a special issue dedicated to HIV and Ageing.


Media coverage leading up to AIDS2014:


As part of our outreach and fundraising for the project’s participatory installation during the upcoming International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, we were able to draw attention to our work via a number of specifically targeted media outlets, from an interview Naomi gave to Senior Planet, to an editorial Katja wrote for POZ Magazine, and a two-part feature in San Francisco’s LGBT lifestyle publication dot429. Go team!


Stories From an Aging Pandemic featured for World AIDS Day 2013:

Bloomberg Businessweek published a beautifully done slideshow  with portraits and quotes from our series!




09/2012 – 12/2012
Aging and HIV receives media attention for HIV/AIDS & Aging Awareness Day and World AIDS Day:

We are happy to have project materials featured by several news outlets this fall, including a widely syndicated international story by Sarah Bosely of the Mail & Guardian; a few shorter pieces and photographs in The Washington Post and the Associated Press referencing our work at AIDS2012 in Washington, D.C., this past July; and coverage that ran in both English and Spanish.

The first images from our new body of work on global aging were published locally, in the Brooklyn Rail. You can find this collection of portraits and interviews in a dedicated on-line exhibition here.


The Graying of AIDS is proud to be featured in two very different media outlets on World AIDS Day:

Project participants Anna, Bill, Ronald and Sue provide the “patient voices” for HIV Specialist Magazine’s cover article on HIV & Aging. The publication of The American Academy of HIV Medicine is dedicating the fall issue to the just released HIV & Aging Consensus Project‘s new treatment guidelines to manage older patients with HIV.


And, The Graying of AIDS returns to with a feature on their LightBox photo blog that
highlights long term documentary works-in-progress:



Global Action on Aging, a NYC Non-Profit with consultative status at the United Nations, features The Graying of AIDS in one of several blog posts examining the aging of the epidemic in the US

Global Action on Aging launched a series of blog posts on HIV issues that were prompted by the UN High Level Meeting on AIDS in June, 2011.

A brief interview with Naomi and Katja about the Graying project can be read here, while the writer, Sanna Klemetti, also tackles issues related to HIV and Aging such as the dearth of HIV prevention campaigns geared towards seniors, general HIV & AIDS stigma and discrimination, two interviews with NY activist and Graying advisor  Ed Shaw (part I and part II) and ACRIA’s research on the changing demographics of HIV/AIDS in NYC, culminating in her editorial for World AIDS Day.


06/02/2011 is featuring Bill and Anna’s stories to commemorate this week’s 30-year “anniversary” of the epidemic.

Graying of AIDS: Older Americans at risk for HIV infection
Anna Fowlkes, 64, didn’t date for years after her husband, Sonny, died of a brain tumor. And after she finally did, she learned she’d become infected with HIV. She taught her son about safe sex, she says, but, like many other seniors, it didn’t occur to her that she needed to practice it too. “We are of a generation where that was not something we have to think about,” she says. “Now I know better.”

View Anna’s story here.

Aging with AIDS: Living longer, living with loss
Long-term survivors of AIDS, like 78-year-old Bill Rydwels, live with the gift of bonus years of life they never expected – but often, also with the loss of myriad friends. Thirty years after HIV was discovered, many are facing not only the ravages of old age, but also the cumulative effects of living for years with AIDS.
By By Linda Dahlstrom, MSNBC Health editor.

View and read Bill’s story here.


Inside E Street on Aging with AIDS

AARP produced TV program Inside E Street, carried by 200 PBS stations across the country, picked up an excerpt from Sue’s story for a special episode on Sex, Seniors and STDs.



Graphic Intervention: 25 Years Of International AIDS Awareness Posters

This write-up in Artweek.LA reviews the DesignMatters program student exhibition “Off The Wall – The Graying of AIDS” in conjunction with Art Center College of Design’s main Spring Exhibit of a retropective of AIDS Awareness Posters, on display at the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design through April 24.

Read the article here.


The Pasadena Weekly









Read the article here.


The AARP Bulletin

Graying of AIDS advisory panel member Ed Shaw’s lengthy career as an HIV/AIDS educator and activist is profiled in a piece for AARP Bulletin

The portrait highlights Shaw’s journey living with the virus and situates it in the context of the overall aging of the epidemic. It also draws attention to his extensive work in the community, with a particular focus on his role as chair of New York Association on HIV Over Fifty, his intergenerational work, and his recent advocacy work on the state and national levels.

The article includes helpful big-picture insights from a number of people working in the field, including a quote from ACRIA’s Stephen Karpiak, another Graying advisory panel member. Karpiak’s critical ROAH study gathered information on 1,000 older adults living with HIV/AIDS in New York City and helped draw national attention to this demographic trend and its implications. To learn more about Shaw’s work in the field– and the important work of the other extraordinary individuals involved with the Graying of AIDS – go to our advisory panel page.


The AARP Bulletin tackles HIV discrimination in long term care settings


In honor of World AIDS Day (12/1/10), the website for the AARP Bulletin is highlighing the story of Dr. Robert Franke and his family. The multimedia piece (created by Graying of AIDS Project Director Katja Heinemann) and accompanying article explore the challenges the family faced after Dr. Franke decided he was no longer able to care for himself, relocated to Little Rock to be closer to his family, and applied to – and was accepted by – a tony assisted living facility. Less than a day after he moved in, Dr. Franke was ejected from his new home because of his HIV-status. With the help of Lambda Legal, the family sued. The case recently settled. It’s an amazing story about an extraordinary family challenging a stunning injustice.

To learn more, check out the article and video:
Standing Up To Stigma
on the AARP Bulletin/December 1, 2010


Project History

The Graying of AIDS was initially produced for Time Magazine and in 2006, and also appeared in the Italian women’s magazine La Repubblica Delle Donne in March, 2007.

Watch The Graying of AIDS on and read the accompanying feature story, or read it in Italian, (the article begins on page 94).