Thursday, June 20, 2024
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Bellows Falls Opera House
The Square
Bellows Falls, VT

 

Senior Solutions and Bellows Falls Pride jointly sponsor a special presentation in celebration of Pride Month. On June 20 at the Bellows Falls Opera House, Mark S. King, an internationally acclaimed author of the book “My Fabulous Disease”, will speak about sexual politics, the twin epidemics of addiction and AIDS, and how he has navigated sex, love, and family as a gay man living with HIV for nearly forty years.

Those who were in their twenties in the 1980s when the AIDS crisis began are now in their 60s. 53% of Americans Living with HIV are now over 50. This presents a new demographic challenge for agencies serving seniors and for medical and health professionals. We have little data or research on the interaction between HIV medicines and other medicines frequently used by seniors. In addition, seniors living with HIV are at serious risk of social isolation due to having lost friends to the disease, a personal reluctance to share their stories freely due to stigma, and the statistical likelihood of not having children or extended family care networks.

Mr. King will address the audience with a multi-media presentation drawn from his lived experience and will hold a question-and-answer session following his presentation. Admission is free, but due to the expected turnout advanced ticket reservations are recommended. Tickets are available at the Bellows Falls Opera House box office and website.

This initiative is a first step towards raising awareness of this growing issue and has been funded in part by the Vermont Community Foundation.
Mr. King will be available before the event for interviews and meetings with the media.