The AIDS Generation — Stories of Survival and Resilience

Published 04, Mar, 2014
Author // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus

Lest the world forget, Perry Halkitis tells the stories of pain, suffering, survival and resilience of his generation of gay men — the AIDS generation.

The AIDS Generation — Stories of Survival and Resilience

Last fall, at the annual Ontario HIV Treatment Network research conference, New York psychologist Perry Halkitis read excerpts from his recently published book The AIDS Generation — Stories of Survival and Resilience. In it he tells the stories of 15 gay men living with HIV. All are long-term survivors who lived through the dark years of the 1980s and 1990s and are now in middle age. As Halkitis writes: 

Each of these men are very much part of the aging HIV cohort, despite a lifetime of never expecting to reach middle age. Each of them has survived and each of them grapples with the social, emotional, and physical manifestations of an aging body. Yet, despite their multitudes of losses and the myriad of challenges they have faced since young adulthood, they have survived, confronting the new challenges created by middle age. If there is one theme running through this book, it is survival, about never giving up. 

In the video interview which you can watch below, I asked Perry to tell me about these men, why he wrote about their stories, and why now, and what message he wanted to convey to his readers. 

Perry Halkitis: The AIDS Generation, Stories of Survival and Resilience

New York, 2014: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 978-0-19-994497-2 

About the Author

John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus

John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus

John McCullagh is the publisher of He's an HIV-positive gay man who’s been active in Toronto's LGBTQ community since immigrating to Canada from his native Britain in 1975. A social worker by profession, he's worked in government and the not-for-profit sector in both front-line and management positions. His experience includes research, policy analysis, strategic planning, program development, project management, and communications.  

In the early years of the AIDS epidemic, John was a counsellor at the Toronto Counselling Centre for Lesbians and Gays (now known as David Kelley Services), an organization he co-founded and which was one of the first agencies in Toronto to offer professional counselling to those infected with and affected by HIV. 

Now retired, John volunteers with the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and is a board member of CATIE, Canada’s national HIV and Hepatitis C knowledge broker.  

John regularly contributes articles to about his personal experiences of living with HIV and about issues relevant to Canada's HIV and LGBTQ communities.