June 4 in St. Louis: HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day Event

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Date(s) - 06/04/2018
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

William J. Harrison Education Center

In observance of HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day, WPTCares Empowerment Center-Project STOP will host the St. Louis screening premiere of “Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS,” the first and the only documentary telling the story of inspiring women at the forefront of the global AIDS movement. The film by Harriet Hirshorn features HIV-positive women on two continents who have spent 30 years fighting for treatment, survival—and a place at the table.

The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at William J. Harrison Education Center, 3140 Cass Ave., St, Louis.

The keynote speaker for the premiere is Gina Brown, RSW, community organizer, long-term survivor, and a featured activist in “Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS.” Ms. Brown will speak about her triumph over sexual and physical violence; her advocacy on behalf of the most vulnerable and forgotten; and her life’s mission to help the broader community gain a higher level of health literacy and to bring to light the connection between HIV and intimate partner violence.

The closing speaker, Dr. Frederick Echols, director of communicable disease for the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, will provide an inspirational message of hope regarding the needs and priorities for survivors of HIV and their allies.

See the flyer for the event: NHLTSD 2018 Flyer for Release. Please share it with clients and network partners. Breakfast and lunch will be served to those who register by Wednesday, May 30.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call 314.833.3558.

Check out the trailer for Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will Stop AIDS by clicking here.

June 5, 2018, is HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day (HLTSAD) #HLTSAD2018. It is a day to spotlight the present day needs and issues of those living longest with HIV and AIDS.

2018 marks two significant milestones – 37 years since HIV was identified on June 5, 1981, when the CDC first announced the mysterious illness that was killing young gay men. It was called the gay cancer but was the beginning of HIV/AIDS awareness before it was known as HIV/AIDS, and 22 years of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) being available in the U.S.

Today 59% of all people living with HIV in the US are over 50 years of age; by 2020 that will increase to 70 percent. The new face of HIV is aging. Let’s focus on ensuring that HIV long-term survivors are front and center in the current HIV dialogue. Longest-term survivors face unique social and mental health challenges, as well as medical issues few ever imagined; after all, they’re the generation who were told to plan to die young.

The theme for HLTSAD 2018 is “It is Still Not Over.” We celebrate those who have defied the odds by living with HIV for decades. The day is about coming together as a commUNITY to empower, engage, and elevate. HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day is about coming together, celebrating survival, facing the conundrums of aging with HIV, and looking forward to envisioning and creating the lives many never imagined they’d live.