Children of Lazarus:
Voices of the “Forgotten Generation” of Long-Term AIDS Survivors
In 1996 the miracle the antiviral three-drug cocktail changed the diagnosis of AIDS from a guaranteed death sentence to a chronic manageable disease for those afflicted. Most people assumed there were no survivors. Others have preferred to treat the AIDS epidemic as a terrible chapter in history best forgotten.
In fact, some of us early PWA’s (persons with AIDS) have survived that death sentence. Over time we have been finding each other. Support groups have emerged. The consequences of long-term survivorship have impacted us physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Professionals in the HIV healthcare system, in the legal system, and allies of people living with HIV are celebrated today, even as long-term survivors are rendered invisible. As a consequence of our current invisibility, historians have labeled us the “forgotten generation” of AIDS survivors.
This is a call for submissions of personal stories of long-term AIDS survivors. For the purposes of this book, “long-term” is defined as those diagnosed before 1996, as “pre-HAART” survivors. This book will be published by Bearskin Lodge Press (www.bearskinlodgepress.com). Minimum word count is 1500 words. There is no maximum word count. Original essays are encouraged. Previously published essays are also acceptable, provided the author secures reprint permission. Writers will receive a contributor’s copy of the book. Essays may be submitted in WORD or PDF format. Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2023. Email inquiries and submissions to the editor Les K. Wright at email@example.com.