Help AIDS Survivors Overcome Trauma

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HIV Long-Term Survivors Are Suffering & Do Not Know Why, We Know.

26% of all people living with HIV are Long-Term Survivors. Meaning, we acquired HIV before 1995, when there were no treatments.

Hundreds of thousands more of us have been living with the virus for over 15 years.

In July Let’s Kick ASS traveled the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa to educate the world about AIDS Survivor Syndrome (ASS). It is invisible and devastating the first AIDS Generation.


PLEASE read my report from the conference
on our blog at www.LetsKickASS.hiv entitled What is AIDS Survivor Syndrome and Why You Need to Know or click here http://bit.ly/AIDS2016poster.


We need YOU to help us ensure HIV Long-Term Survivors lead meaningful, independent and connected lives. Please share this with your friends who can afford to give.

Let’s Kick ASS, a small non-profit with a loud voice, wants to make the world a safer place for those living longest with HIV and older adults living with the virus.


Let's Kick ASS is the organization established to raise awareness about AIDS Survivor Syndrome and to do something to about it.
 
Next up on the agenda is the US Conference on AIDS #USCA2015.

Then on September 21 I'm speaking at the ADAP Advocacy Association 9th Annual Conference . I'm on a panel called "HIV & Aging: Building a Focus on Healthy Aging for Older Adults Living With HIV/AIDS." (Download PDF here:> Building

We are also working on an intervention begin shifting the conversation from mere survival to a thriving mindset. Considering most long-term survivors are living in poverty, often isolated and feeling like like has little or no meaning or purpose 

All this traveling and conferences cost money. Money we do not have.

I'm making a personal please to you to support the Let's Kick ASS movement. After nearly killing myself because I was dealing with so much trauma from decades spent planning to die while watching everyone I love die around me. I came through the other side better off for the struggle.

I have devoted my life to helping others come through the fire. 
 
I coined the term AIDS Survivor Syndrome to describe what we are living with. We an all-volunteer grassroots organization based in San Francisco, with chapters in Palm Springs, Portland, Austin and several other cities are forming chapters.  

Our message of overcoming AIDS Survivor Syndrome has reached tens of thousands of people. Healing is possible. Our online reach is just over 38,000 around HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day on June 5 now an offical AIDS.gov AIDS Awareness Day.

HIV  Long-Term Survivors acquired HIV before 1995, when there were no treatments. Hundreds of thousands more of us have been living with the virus for over 15 years. We now find ourselves Aging with HIV, something that didn't seem possible 25 years ago. 

Currently HIV Long-Term Survivors (HLTS) face a myriad of psychosocial ramifications from surviving the plague. It is knowns as AIDS Survivor Syndrome (ASS) describes people affected by a variant of Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder. Distress that impacts functional health-related quality of life (HRQoL) issues. 
 
A Personal Story About Why it Matters

A long-time survivor friend in London says it very well in a recent email. I'm excerpting part of his message:

Another man down. 

I received a text from a very close friend about his ex-partner and house-mate, saying, “He’s overdosed; the paramedics could not resuscitate him”. This man was a long-term survivor with HIV (about 30 years), a physician, and much-loved by many friends who had seen him struggle with his addictions. He himself used to talk about what comes with surviving HIV as a main problem for him (he’d had pulmonary KS and was on his last legs when he got the ‘new’ meds in ‘96), all the people who had died whom he’d cared for, all he had tried to do (and had, very successfully) for people with HIV.

Two things I want to be heard about this:
 
1) he was a good man who suffered what I’m seeing increasingly as a complex traumatic stress-disorder in long-term survivors;
 
2) his HIV-services barely lifted a finger to help him when he asked for help, because complex emotional disorders aren’t on their checklist of secondary illnesses from HIV; his GP was useless, if not downright dangerous; and his psychiatrist just dished out tick-list pills and didn’t do adequate follow-up.

One question I want to be answered: when will we say that that is not good enough and do something about it? I myself am tired of this, of unnecessarily burying friends STILL, of going along with the fiction that everything is alright because we have antiretroviral meds now, of having to try and get most physicians to sit up and hear that that model is fine for them but it is killing people, and to stop getting in the way of us trying to get well — and stay well. How many more good men and women must go down?
 
There have been too many already. That is why our work is more vital now than ever. We want to turn trauma into growth and help HIV Long-Term Survivors have the future they dreamt they'd have. 

I have also lived it. You can Google my name and read all about it. But I came through the other side of my trauma with a passion and a purpose to help other like myself.
 
We are proud of growing grassroots our movement. It has always been from the ground to the sky. We have never accepted donations from corporations and only gotten a couple of small grants. But the demand for Let's Kick ASS is growing but our bank account is not. 
 
We are rasing funds for a new initiative called HIV-Resilient because we know resilience is the key to thriving. After all the losses, illness and trauma we deserve the #RightToThrive. We survived the world plague of the modern era but too many of us are struggling and living in poverty.

Our HIV Long-Term Survivors Declaration:  A Vision For Our Future  has been downloaded or read online over 25,000 times. (Read it if you haven't!)

The world is staring to listen. Help us raise our voices by giving whatever you can. And share this with your friends and networks.
 
To learn more us please visit: LetsKickASS.org

Our blog is at www.LetsKickASS.hiv

Find us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AIDSSurvivorSyndrome/


Follow us on Twitter@LetsKickASS_org & @HIVSurvivors 

Thank you,
Tez Anderson

Founder and Executive Director 
Twitter// @TezAnderson

#LongTermSurvivors #HIVresilient

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In Dubai on my way to #AIDS2016 thanks for donating nearly $2000, please keep it coming while I'm away. I can't wait to show you my poster after the embargo ends. Expect lot of photos and updates. Love, Tez
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Agbadi Oluku
4 months ago

DR Oluku is the only Dr who could ever get my HIV/AIDS cured with his herbal remedy, i have tried almost everything but i couldn't find any solution on my disease, despite all these happening to me, i always spend allot to buy a HIV drugs from hospital and taking some several medications but no relieve, until one day i was just browsing on the internet when i come across a great post of !Michelle! who truly said that she was been diagnose with HIV and was healed that very week through the help of these great powerful healing spell doctor, sometime i really wonder why people called him Dr Oluku the great, i never knew it was all because of the great and perfect work that he has been doing that is causing all this. so i quickly contacted him, and he ask me some few questions and he said a thing i will never forget that anyone who contacted him is ! always getting his or her healing in just 6 hours after doing all he ask you, so i was amazed all the time i heard that from him, so i did all things only to see that at the very day which he said i will be healed, all the strength that has left me before rush back and i becomes very strong and healthy, this disease almost kills my life all because of me, so i will to hospital to give the final test to the disease and the doctor said i am HIV negative, i am very amazed and happy about the healing Dr Oluku gave to me from the ancient part of africa, you can email him now for your own healing too at: drolukuspellhome @ gmail .com or whatsApp +2349051208634

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$2,210 of $9,000 goal

Raised by 30 people in 9 months
Created June 17, 2016
BH
$50
Brian Haliski
6 months ago
$25
Raul Robles
7 months ago

As an HIV long term survivor my self , VERY PROUD TO HELP

ND
$25
Nancy Duncan
7 months ago
KM
$25
Karen Mesmer
7 months ago
SB
$25
Sandra Barr
7 months ago

My cousin has been living with HIV for 34 years. He recently made me aware of the work you are doing and the huge challenges you all are faced with. I will do my best to spread the word.

KG
$150
Ken Garwood
8 months ago
$100
Anonymous
8 months ago
MG
$100
Meredith Greene
8 months ago
AS
$50
ANDY SIDDEN
8 months ago
BB
$50
Buzz Bense
8 months ago
Agbadi Oluku
4 months ago

DR Oluku is the only Dr who could ever get my HIV/AIDS cured with his herbal remedy, i have tried almost everything but i couldn't find any solution on my disease, despite all these happening to me, i always spend allot to buy a HIV drugs from hospital and taking some several medications but no relieve, until one day i was just browsing on the internet when i come across a great post of !Michelle! who truly said that she was been diagnose with HIV and was healed that very week through the help of these great powerful healing spell doctor, sometime i really wonder why people called him Dr Oluku the great, i never knew it was all because of the great and perfect work that he has been doing that is causing all this. so i quickly contacted him, and he ask me some few questions and he said a thing i will never forget that anyone who contacted him is ! always getting his or her healing in just 6 hours after doing all he ask you, so i was amazed all the time i heard that from him, so i did all things only to see that at the very day which he said i will be healed, all the strength that has left me before rush back and i becomes very strong and healthy, this disease almost kills my life all because of me, so i will to hospital to give the final test to the disease and the doctor said i am HIV negative, i am very amazed and happy about the healing Dr Oluku gave to me from the ancient part of africa, you can email him now for your own healing too at: drolukuspellhome @ gmail .com or whatsApp +2349051208634

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