ABOUT THE AIDS SURVIVORS SUMMIT

AIDS SURVIVORS SUMMIT SAN FRANCISCO CONVENES ON JUNE 5, 2014 NATIONAL HIV/AIDS LONG-TERM SURVIVORS AWARENESS DAY

A COALITION OF BAY AREA AIDS ORGANIZATIONS ADDRESS A GROWING POPULATION OF LONG-TERM AIDS SURVIVORS ON THE 33RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT OF AIDS BY THE CDC.

San Francisco, CA — June 5, 2014 is the first-ever National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day (NHALTSAD). On that day, Let’s Kick ASS—AIDS Survivor Syndrome convenes the AIDS Survivors Summit/San Francisco 2014at the San Francisco LGBT Center on June 5, 2014 from 1:00-9:00 PM. Let’s Kick ASS is bringing together survivors, both HIV-positive and negative, with key Bay Area AIDS organizations in an effort to begin addressing the unique challenges facing those longest affected by the HIV epidemic.

With over half the People Living With HIV already over age 50 in the Bay Area we realize that providers are attempting to figure out how to best serve this cohort. There is growing evidence of an AIDS survivor syndrome (ASS). It manifests in depression, anxiety, anger, isolation, posttraumatic stress, and lack of future orientation during this second wave of the epidemic. Some give up hope and end their lives rather than life with the losses and survivor guilt. Other related concerns are Aging with HIV, and retirement after disability among others.

The daylong gathering is designed to empower participants through talk show-style discussions and presentations with an emphasis on optimizing survivors’ lives and envisioning the future they never imagined. We want to help survivors live the best lives they can now while we begin making plans for the next. We want the recall the resilience, strength and bravery the community exhibited.

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Join Let’s Kick ASS for the

AIDS SURVIVORS SUMMIT

San Francisco LGBT Center

1800 Market Street at Laguna

1:00 PM-9:00 PM

The event is FREE but tickets are required: https://aidssurvivorssummit2014.eventbrite.com

Tez AndersonABOUT THE AIDS SURVIVORS SUMMIT

Welcome

Lets Kick ASS — AIDS Survivor Syndrome is a one-year-old grassroots organization that has energized and mobilized hundreds of long-term survivors, HIV-positive and negative, in order to re-engage them into a productive, fully functioning and healthy life.

Let’s Kick ASS is the lead sponsor of the first National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivor Day with the theme “We’re Still Here”.

Our first AIDS Survivor Summit brings together local community groups and AIDS service organizations and most importantly, survivors to discuss ways to optimize the lives of survivors and begin envisioning the future we never imagined.

The coming thirty years are our final act. We are asking long-term survivors to consider how they want these next years to look and to begin laying the groundwork for it now. We are once again in uncharted waters, many of us aging with HIV, all of us in or beyond midlife. Midlife brings a shit load of issues with it in the healthiest but for those of us thought we’d be dead by now. That future can seem a little fuzzy.

On that day we will unveil a new long-term survivor declaration and call for national sign-ons.

All in an effort to optimize survivors lives.

Tez AndersonWelcome