Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Love, AIDS and Aging

Living on golden time

A really incredible, touching, REAL accounting of the toll of AIDS on a long-term gay couple, via The Story [American Public Media].

LifeLube found itself nodding in recognition, holding back tears

Drugs that combat HIV have prolonged millions of lives. But for some older people, these drugs are also making them age faster.

Larry Gibson and Dennis Golay are in their 60s. They've been together for 27 years, and both have felt the side effects from their medications. Dennis lost his teeth, had a heart attack and developed a humped back. Larry's skull protruded outwards and he's undergone numerous facial injections. Despite their wavering health, Larry and Dennis have outlived 60 of their closest friends.

They talk with Dick Gordon about how they maintain their optimism - and how a pact they made two decades ago keeps them moving forward.

Listen to their story. [you must]

Read Dennis and Larry's article "With HIV, growing older faster."

Learn more about the Desert AIDS Project.

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