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SAVE THE DATE! JUNE 5, 2014 IS THE FIRST-EVER NATIONAL HIV/AIDS LONG-TERM SURVIVORS AWARENESS DAY (NHALTSAD)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—The first-ever National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day (NHALTSAD) will be held on June 5, 2014. This day commemorates the profound experiences and unique issues of long-term survivors, both HIV-positive and negative, who are still alive despite the devastating toll from surviving the most significant epidemic of our time. Let’s Kick ASS — AIDS Survivor Syndrome is the lead sponsor and organizer for this AIDS observance day.
This year’s theme, “We’re Still Here,” reflects the strength and resilience of the generation of survivors who lived through the darkest decades of the AIDS epidemic—the 1980s and 1990s. The We’re Still Here campaign continues the work of Let’s Kick ASS by focusing on the lives of long-tem survivors. By optimizing self-empowerment, increasing visibility, and ending stigma, NHALTSAD puts long-term survivors on the AIDS agenda. Our goal is to empower survivors to find meaning and purpose amidst the rubble of lives so incredibly impacted by AIDS. It kicks off a year of Optimizing the Lives of Survivors.
We find ourselves in uncharted waters. NHALTSAD is especially urgent now as the CDC reports that there are an estimated 60,000 Americans who have been living with HIV for more than 25 years. AIDS Survivor Syndrome (ASS) and post-traumatic stress (PTS) among survivors is very real. Long-term survivors feel forgotten and increasingly hopeless. Some are ending their lives rather than live on with survivor’s guilt, depression and anxiety associated with post-traumatic stress.
This observance day occurs on the anniversary of the first published report of what came to be known as AIDS. On June 5, 1981 the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published a brief account of five young gay men that had been diagnosed with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), indicating signs of severely compromised immunesystems. The account sent huge shockwaves throughout the LGBT community and eventually, around the world.
The time has come to talk about what it means to be a long-term survivor. We are asking the media, community groups and AIDS service organizations to find ways to highlight individual stories of survival and resilience.
On NHALTSD, in San Francisco, Let’s Kick ASS is holding the first AIDS Survivor Summit, a health fair with workshops, presentations and materials tailored to long-term survivors. It will be an event created by, for and about long-term survivors. Other jurisdictions are encouraged to acknowledge this day in ways that feel significant to them. It could be as simple as hosting a pot-luck in one’s home or as large as putting together a town hall meeting where numbers of survivors can come together. The important thing is to honor the experience and losses of long-term survivors and work towards a productive future.
For more information and a calendar of events coast-to-coast please visit www.NHALTSAD.org.
To have your event listed, please send an email to AwarenessDay@LetsKickASS.org and we’ll add you to our national calendar.
Social Media: #NHALTSAD #LongTermSurvivors #AIDSSurvivors #WereStillHere Twitter: @AIDSsurvivors
About Let’s Kick ASS: Let’s Kick ASS-AIDS Survivor Syndrome is a grassroots movement of long-term survivors, positive and negative, honoring the unique and profound experience of living through the AIDS epidemic. We’re dedicated to reclaiming our lives, ending isolation, and envisioning a future we never dreamed of.
· Raising the visibility of this overlooked cohort and ensuring that the unique needs and issues of long-term survivors living with and affected by the AIDS epidemic are addressed in the national AIDS response.
· Empowering long-term survivors imagining how they want to live for the next thirty years.
· Putting long-term survivors on the AIDS agenda. We want to survivors to make their voices heard in all levels of is AIDS care as they begin planning for the future they never imagined.
· Drawing attention to the effect of AIDS survivor syndrome (ASS) and post-traumatic stress on survivors lives.
· Healing wounded AIDS warriors by lessening the effects of ASS and PTS.
· Let’s Kick ASS encourages individuals, community groups and AIDS service organizations to plan events highlighting those who survived. They can be as small as a coffee or a large as a Survivor Summit.
· Ensuring individuals who’ve stayed HIV-negative stay negative.
Your commemoration can be as small as hosting a coffee in local coffee shop to holding town hall. It is about combating isolation and honoring our experiences as survivors.
Your commemoration can be as small as hosting a coffee in local coffee shop to holding town hall. We’re about combating isolation and honoring survivors.
In San Francisco we are holding AIDS Survivors Summit http://AIDSSurvivorsSummit.org
The official logo for the day is downloadable at http://nhaltsad.org/toolkit-2014/.
Let’s Kick ASS
Let’s Kick ASS-AIDS Survivor Syndrome is a grassroots movement of long-term survivors, positive and negative, honoring the unique and profound experience of living through the AIDS epidemic. We’re dedicated to reclaiming our lives, ending isolation, and envisioning a future we never dreamed of.
We have a logo for the day too it will be available to download from the ToolKit 2014 area of the site at http://nhaltsad.org/toolkit-2014/.
Check our website: NHALTSAD.org
Follow us on Twitter: @AIDSsurvivors
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NationalHIVAIDSLongTermSurvivorsAwarenessDay
The lead sponsor for the day is Let's Kick ASS—AIDS Survivor Syndrome
Please like Let's Kick ASS on Facebook too: https://www.facebook.com/AIDSSurvivorSyndrome
We want to empower survivors to become the best that they could possibly be now and for the next thirty years.
Let's Kick ASS
Let's Kick ASS is a grassroots movement of long-term survivors, positive and negative, honoring the unique and profound experience of living through the AIDS epidemic. We’re dedicated to reclaiming our lives, ending isolation, and envisioning a future we never dreamed of.