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American Society on Aging recently featured an article written by Instructional Associate Professor Paul Nash on how he and nearly 2,000 cyclists rode 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles with AIDS/LifeCycle (ALC) to raise money, awareness and challenge the stigma around HIV and AIDS. Nash and a team of academics, staffers and postgraduate students from USC came together as “The Keck Stands,” cycling thousands of miles together in preparation for their 545-mile ride. Along the way, they shared stories, remembered loved ones and brought awareness to the need for tailored support for older adults living with HIV. “We could have had an away day, we could have had a Zoom meeting, we could even have had a live panel discussion, but we did this,” Nash shared.

More than half of those living with HIV are older than age 50 and by 2030 that number will increase to 70%.

“Understanding and embracing intersectionality means that we need to highlight rather than hide the experiences of older adults living with HIV,” Nash said.

Photo caption: Paul Nash, right, with The Keck Stands members Dr. Tsung-Yu Lu (left) and Jennifer See-Zapata (center).

Photo credit: Courtesy of Paul Nash.

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