I recently read a post by Mark S. King for his blog “My Fabulous Disease” that I thought would be especially relevant for people aging with HIV.
In it he gives an overview of the ADAP crisis that is going on across the US. He explains that there is growing concern that ADAP programs that provide access to HIV medications will be cut. He has video coverage of the “emergency summit” to discuss the growing ADAP crisis. And, he presents what we can do to make sure that people living with HIV can continue to receive their medications.
This issue is relevant to all people living with HIV and he offers clear guidance on how to get involved.
To read the post on how you can get involved, go to: http://marksking.com/my-fabulous-disease/aids-activism-101-steps-to-end-the-adap-crisis/
Activism and Aging with HIV
For many of you activism is not a new subject. AIDS activism may have been a part of your day-to-day life in the eighties and nineties. You may have even been a part of the gay rights movement of the seventies or earlier.
Is activism a part of your life today?
The men I interviewed for Aging with HIV: A Gay Man’s Guide answered this question in different ways. Some continued to participate in political and social groups and called themselves “activists.” Others were no longer as “out there” as they were ten and twenty years ago. They wrote letters, signed petitions on line, and supported organizations that shared their concerns. Some continued to read updates and were concerned, but no longer participated in causes.
Several felt alienated from activist organizations that, they felt were oriented toward younger people. Some had become fatigued from years of activism, and hopeless that they had any voice in creating change on a larger scale.
Why Get Involved?
Activism can offer many benefits to people in midlife and beyond. When you participate in social cause, you have the possibility to effect change on a larger scale. Activism also offers an opportunity for you to get out of yourself and to think about others. This is what developmental psychologist call generativity, and it is an significant aspect of continued personal growth at midlife. Getting involved also offers you opportunities to meet new people, stimulate your mind and broaden your social network.
There are many causes that you can get involved in. And, activism is only one level of involvement. Some of us work better on a smaller scale. Volunteering at a social service organization is a great way to get involved, feel like you are making a difference, and being part of something beyond yourself. Check out the resources page (see tabs above) to find an agency near your.