HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day

Silence = Death poster 30th anniversary - reflections

Covering HIV and AIDS in words and images on HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day and throughout the years

June 5, 1981 – June 5, 2019. In a few years the AIDS pandemic will turn 40! Significant progress has been made in the past four decades. Today we live in a time of U = U and PrEP. And yet, there’s still no affordable and/or accessible cure in sight.

June 5 is HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day. Over the years, I’ve been honored to interview and photograph many long-term HIV and AIDS survivors and activists, all resilient, inspiring individuals with a story to tell, a story we can all learn from. Check out some of their stories:

More on the making of the Silence = Death poster in my article published in A&U Magazine

It Could Happen to You, Too: Interview and photo shoot with HIV and women rights activist, Nancy Duncan, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Light, Vision and Story: Award-winning photographer Kurt Weston

June 5 is HIV Longterm Survivors Day. Here are a few related images and articles I've covered over my years of documenting HIV and AIDS.
Award-winning, legally blind photographer and longterm HIV survivor Kurt Weston talks about his art on WAD2018 at the opening of his show, Remember: An AIDS Retrospective at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, #OCCCA. Photos by Alina Oswald.

Living With… – Covering a new show that uses drama therapy to explore the reality of living with HIV in 2018 for A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Sacred Calling: Interview and photo shoot with Rev. Yolanda published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Check out more stories here.

Also, the other day I walked by the AIDS memorial in New York City.

NYC AIDS Memorial in B&W. Detail. iPhone photo by Alina Oswald.
NYC AIDS Memorial in B&W. iPhone photo by Alina Oswald.

I find it quite an intriguing, complicated subject to photograph, especially with a camera phone only, and mostly because of its shape. I took a few images that I’ll talk about in an upcoming post.

Until then and as always, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald

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