On June 5th, 1981 the Centers for Disease Control released the first official report on what became known as the AIDS epidemic. In the 36 years since, great strides have been made through early detection and treatment; however, long-term survivors live with significant social and emotional challenges. Aging with HIV often presents a number of mental health complications including stigma, isolation, survivor’s guilt, and depression, among other issues.
In an effort to begin addressing these issues, a group of activists decided to dedicate June 5th as the day to celebrate and honor HIV/AIDS Long-term Survivors.
For the past two years, the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene has commemorated and honored this day with a panel discussion and community conversation about the experiences of people living with HIV since the early days of the epidemic.
This year, on June 5, 2017 at, 6:00PM, Bridging Access to Care, along with our partners, invite you and your clients to join us at Brooklyn Borough Hall in Downtown Brooklyn for an inter-generational conversation and networking mixer to explore the different experiences of people that have been living with HIV since the early days of the epidemic and those more recently infected.