While HIV can now be a long-term, manageable chronic disease for many, this can present a unique set of challenges for those living and aging with the virus. Many people living with HIV describe feelings of loneliness and isolation, which is why it is so important to know how to find a community of support. The HIV: The Long View Coalition is sharing stories from long-term HIV survivors about facing their challenges and finding community networks of support. Through these stories, we hope to remind those living with HIV that they are never alone.
Meet Ed Shaw
Ed Shaw is a 76-year-old New Yorker who has been living with HIV for 29 years. He shares how he overcame shame and isolation to accept his diagnosis and become an activist for himself and others.
“HIV is something you shouldn’t have to go through alone. There’s always someone, somewhere that you can talk to. And it’s really important that you understand that. You’re never alone.”
Meet Michelle Lopez
Michelle Lopez was 24 when she and her infant daughter were diagnosed with HIV after leaving a domestic violence situation. Now 51, Michelle talks about facing challenges, building community, and giving back.
“If I had not found community, I truly believe I would have been dead. HIV is a diagnosis, it’s not a definition of who you are. You’re not alone, you’re never going to be alone.”
The information contained on this site is intended for audiences in the United States only. The content on this site may not apply to non-U.S. audiences as regulatory control, legal requirements, and/or medical practices may vary in other countries.