“Fifty is the New Fifty” Site to Pay Tribute to Those Living With AIDS

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Publisher hopes AIDS series generates awareness.

“HIV survivors deserve respect and acknowledgement, and I hope this article accomplishes that in its small way,” says writer Holly St. Lifer

Through a series of informative articles and compelling personal stories, FiftyIsTheNewFifty.com—a website devoted to covering issues related to middle-age—hopes to remind the public that AIDS/HIV continues to be a serious global health concern.

According to the CDC, more than one million people are living with HIV in the US, and 20 percent of those are unaware they have it. Furthermore, since the epidemic began, more than 619,000 people living with AIDS in the US have died. “I thought it was important to focus on AIDS through this special series on FiftyIsTheNewFifty.com since the statistics show it is still a serious health issue,” explains publisher Beth Portolese. http://www.fiftyisthenewfifty.com

Portolese admits that being diagnosed with AIDS isn’t necessarily a death sentence anymore. “However, I think people are not as concerned about it as much as they should be for that very reason,” she says. Portolese hopes the AIDS series will change that.

Several of the featured stories will also pay tribute to those living with the disease. “I was curious about the people who survived the epidemic and what their health issues entail after being HIV positive for so many years and taking a cocktail of drugs for so long,” Portolese says.

The first posting in FiftyIsTheNewFifty.com’s series on AIDS will be “Growing Old With HIV,” by Holly St. Lifer. It is set to run October 16, 2013. http://www.fiftyisthenewfifty.com

“I felt honored to report on a forgotten group of people who, with extraordinary fortitude and grace, suffered through and survived one of the worst plagues in human history,” says St. Lifer. “HIV survivors deserve respect and acknowledgement, and I hope this article accomplishes that in its small way.”

Following St. Lifer’s article will be a story from a man whose partner died of AIDS, titled “Twenty Years and Counting.” Last in the series will be an excerpt from the book All Grown Up Now: A Friendship in Three Acts, an autobiography by haute couture designer Kenneth King.

For more information, visit http://www.fiftyisthenewfifty.com/.

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