June 5, 2011, marks 30 years since the first published accounts of what became known as AIDS. The history of AIDS entails the excruciating loss of more than 25 million lives globally. But it also offers the powerful survival tales of many who returned from the brink of death to inspire, protect and advocate for others.For this 30th anniversary, we asked 31 long-term survivors who’ve appeared in POZ what moves and sustains them and whether they think they’ll live to see a cure. Here is a sampling of their sage advice.
On June 5, 2011 I will be 53 years on in my life. I celebrate Birthweeks, not Birthdays. Who doesn’t love an extended party, eh? I have been POZ since about 1990. Just puttin’ that out there, folks.