(Pictured: Karl Schmid, featured speaker at Aging Positively—Reunion Project conference)
“In 1988, Jeff Taylor was given a death sentence.
“I’m a 40 year survivor,” said Taylor, one of the organizers the sixth annual Aging Positively—Reunion Project conference. “I had HIV early on before anybody knew what it was and how to protect yourself. I lived through the really horrible early days, never knowing. I didn’t get tested until ’88. … I knew from the people I’d been with that I was positive, and sure enough, when I did get tested, I had an AIDS diagnosis, so I knew I’d been infected for a number of years. (I was told I had) two years to live in 1988. That’s what they were telling people.”
Thankfully, Taylor is alive and well, and he’ll be one of the presenters at the Aging Positively—Reunion Project conference, which is taking place online from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 18. Registration for the event—a collaboration between the HIV+ Aging Research Project-Palm Springs and a variety of local nonprofits—is free via Eventbrite…”