The Graying of AIDS (2012)

  • Co-Director/Director of Community Engagement: Naomi Schegloff
  • Director/Co-Producer: Katja Heinemann
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The Graying of AIDS Stories from an Aging Epidemic is a multi-media, multi-platform documentary project and integrated educational campaign that draws attention to a startling fact: By 2015, half of all Americans living with HIV will be over the age of fifty. A demographically and geographically diverse series of video portraits features long-term survivors and newly-infected adults aged 50-77 who navigate physical and emotional highs and lows as they live, love, and create, often exhibiting extraordinary strength and resilience in the process. Situated in the larger contexts of both aging and AIDS in the US, the project challenges our collective assumptions about aging sexuality, substance use, and what it means to age with HIV, and asks: Who is at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS? Why? How are we currently addressing their needs? What needs to change?

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Issue: Gender & Sexuality, Health


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Get Involved If you find the stories and issues explored in The Graying of AIDS compelling, we urge you to channel your energy, ideas, and other resources into meaningful action. There are many ways you can get involved, both through supporting this project and by working directly to address the challenges confronting older adults living with HIV and those who care for them.

Educate yourself. Whether youre an older adult, a care provider, or a concerned family member, friend, or community member, our extended Resource Links can connect you with valuable information, resources, and organizations you might want to support. The more you learn about the issues and what is being done in your area to address them, the easier itll be to see how your talents, skills, and resources can best contribute to the critically important work taking place around the country.

Talk about it. HIV/AIDS persists in part because all the things we find it difficult to talk about as a society sex and sexuality, substance use, ageism, racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia contribute to its survival. The more we confront these cultural taboos and prejudices and work together to decrease their reach and power, the less they will act as barriers to critical education, support, treatment, and public policy changes. Dont be afraid to open a dialog and ask difficult questions; its only by questioning the status quo that we can hope to change it.

Do Something! There are amazing organizations working on the local, state, and national levels to address both the day-to-day challenges confronting older adults living with HIV/AIDS and the larger policy issues that impact their daily struggles. VOLUNTEER to help people get to their appointments and go grocery shopping; LOBBY your representatives to support universal access to health care and critical life-saving programs like ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program); and yes, WRITE THOSE CHECKS in economically challenging times, not-for-profits depend on your support to continue their work.

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