Desert AIDS Project: Aging Positively Conference

Desert AIDS Project’s Third Annual Aging Positively Conference Boasts Keynote by amfAR Co-Founder Dr. Michael Gottlieb

The Desert AIDS Project of Palm Desert, California has announced its third annual Aging Positively conference on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. The event will kick off at 10:00am with a keynote address by Dr. Michael Gottlieb, the co-founder of amfAR also credited with identifying and describing AIDS as a new viral syndrome in 1981. Along with Professor John Fahey, he identified the CD-4 T-cell deficiency as the hallmark immune system abnormality caused by HIV, a ground-breaking step in the fight against HIV.

Keynote speaker Dr. Michael Gottlieb

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), more than half of HIV positive individuals in the US are over the age of fifty; estimates place that number at 70% by 2020. Aging Positively, the annual Coachella Valley conference, provides practical information as well as inspiration for those aging with HIV.

The Conference is conceived and sponsored by medical and service providers, researchers, community groups, and media groups from the Coachella Valley, including Desert Care Network, Gay Desert Guide, HIV + Aging Research Project, Let’s Kick ASS, and many others. The conference, which runs from 10:00am until 2:00pm, will explore housing, sexual health and dating, and employment strategies. Beverages, snacks, and lunch will be provided.

In addition to Dr. Gottlieb, speakers at the Conference will include:

• Moderator: Brad Fuhr, California Oasis Marketing Group and Gay Desert Guide;
• Lindsay Sisti, Riverside County Housing Authority, on Senior Housing Options Presented by Path of Life Ministries;
• Nina Ruedas, UC Riverside School of Medicine, on Sexual Health and Dating; and
• Michael Patrick Cohen, Workforce Development Center, Indio, on Employment Development.

The conference will be held at the Joslyn Senior Center at 73750 Catalina Way in Palm Desert. Attendees can arrange for FREE Shuttle service from Desert AIDS Project Campus or Stonewall Medical Center (Cathedral City) to the conference by calling JP Allen (760) 992-0440

For more information on the Desert AIDS Project, please log on to; for more specific information about the Aging Positively conference, contact JP Allen at [email protected].

—Reporting by Hank Trout

Hank Trout, Editor at Large, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a thirty-eight-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his fiancé Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.