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HIV Long-Term Survivor / Writer / Speaker / HIV Activist / Founder Let’s Kick ASS the grassroots movement empowering HIV Long-Term Survivors to Thrive.

Tez Anderson has lived with HIV since 1983. He founded Let’s Kick ASS — AIDS Survivor Syndrome in 2013 with the mission of “empowering HIV Long-Term Survivors (HLTS) to thrive.”

LKA is the first nonprofit by, for, and about HLTS, an overlooked population. Tez coined the term “AIDS Survivor Syndrome…

We still have to be visible but this was a nice change.

June 5, 2021, was big day. It was HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day and the 40th anniversary of the start of the AIDS pandemic. Here is some of the press on or around the day.

The Positive Effect Long-term HIV survivors thriving with spirit and compassion

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TODAY SHOW — June 2, 2020–40 years since the first AIDS cases, men living with HIV share their perspectives

Featuring Interviews with Bruce Richman @BR999 ; Jesse Milan Jr. @JesseMilanJr ; Deondre B. Moore @deondrebmoore ; Raif Derrazi @RDerrazi ; and Dr. Anthony Fauci

WHYY 40 year later: Philly nonprofits help residents living with HIV/AIDS

40 Years of AIDS — A Call To Action For Long Term Survivors #GAYNRD

June 5th is also is also HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day (HLTSAD). Tez Anderson, a Long Term Survivor with HIV, and the founder of Let’s Kick ASS(AIDS Survivor Syndrome), says, “We stand a precipice. We can elevate the goals of the Ending The Epidemic to include improved Quality of…

A Call to Action to Mobilize and Create Lasting Change

HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day (HLTSAD) on June 5, 2021, the 40th anniversary of the first five cases of AIDS reported in the US in 1981.

AIDS at 40: Envisioning a Future We Never Imagined,” the 2021 theme, is also a call to action to address YOUR most pressing needs…

HIV Long-Term Survivors Declaration 2021

Let’s Kick ASS AIDS—Survivor Syndrome’s manifesto, first published in 2015, revised in 2021.

By Tez Anderson, Founder

June 5, 2021, marks the 40th anniversary of the start of the AIDS pandemic in 1981. Now the world is gripped by a new highly contagious, deadly pandemic COVID-19. Within a year, several vaccines have been developed, tested, approved, and are being distributed and administered. …

Seeking Older Adults with HIV and Long-Term Survivors to be part of a unique community choir to combat isolation and loneliness.

United Voices Community Choir” for Older Adults with HIV and Long-Term Survivors now forming.

Seeking Older Adults with HIV and Long-Term Survivors to be part of a unique community choir to combat isolation and loneliness.

Loneliness is all too common among long-term survivors and older adults with HIV. …

A true HIV pioneer and a treasured friend.


Stephen Karpiak

I’m beyond heartbroken. I just found out about the death of Steve Karpiak. He was a true pioneer in HIV and aging research and advocacy.

He taught me more than I can recount. I can’t imagine life without him. I’ll always treasure our long phone calls and the times we got to spend together.

I first met him in 2014, a few months after the first Let’s Kick ASS townhall in September 2013. He became…

Covid-19 Public Service Announcement features Tez Anderson from San Francisco, California


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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The ADAP Advocacy Association today aired its Public Service Announcement designed to raise awareness about long-term survivors living with HIV being vaccinated against Covid-19. The PSA features Tez Anderson from San Francisco, California.

Tez Anderson is the founder of the nonprofit organization, Let’s Kick…

By Stephen Karpiak Ph.D. with the National Resource Center on HIV and Aging, a remarkable resource on Aging with HIV issues.

[Reprinted here without permission but in the interest of sharing the information.]

How could we have been so short-sighted?

People with HIV were given the promise of a typical long lifespan in exchange for effective HIV treatment. Clinicians focused on improving antiretrovirals and making sure that patients were compliant. As…

Federal lawmakers recently re-introduced “Lower Drug Costs Now Act” (H.R. 3) a sweeping proposal that would set drug prices in the United States based on the prices set by foreign governments. International reference pricing ties the price that Medicare pays for some drugs to those paid by other countries. The…

People living with HIV and on effective treatment can’t pass the virus on and can live long and healthy lives. #UequalsU

I acquired HIV in 1983. I did not know until I tested in 1986, when my new AIDS doctor told me, “You have 18–24 months to live.” It was…

Tez Anderson

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