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Perry N. Halkitis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199944972

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199944972.001.0001

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And Then Middle Age

And Then Middle Age

Gay Men Aging With HIV

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(p.138) Chapter 5 And Then Middle Age
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The AIDS Generation
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Perry N. Halkitis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199944972.003.0005

As the men of the AIDS Generation emerge into middle age, they confront and must reconcile a life of painful and difficult memories. This new reality associated with long-term survivorship is examined in this chapter in relation to the concepts of legacy and survivor’s guilt, and with regard to the emotions associated with aging, more broadly. The physical manifestations and experiences associated with the aging process both in relation to and separate from their HIV/AIDS status are then considered in relation to the life experiences of the men of the AIDS Generation; these concrete and tangible experiences are further considered in this chapter. The realities of being older, gay men in a youth-obsessed society are also examined. Finally, the book concludes with an examination of how these men of the AIDS Generation struggle to reconcile their lived experiences against the backdrop of an epidemic that is still manifest in the lives of a a new generation of young, gay men.

Keywords:   aging, legacy, memory, reconciliation, survivor’s guilt, existential crisis, physical deterioration

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