Envisioning a Future We Never Dreamed Of


John Fasesky, far right, participates in the “To Work or Not to Work” panel.

ALRP Staff Attorney John Fasesky spoke at “Envisioning a Future We Never Dreamed Of,” an event hosted at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center by Positive Resource Center on October 30th. More than sixty attendees interacted with two panels of speakers and also visited the tables of 15 AIDS/HIV organizations during Community Connect sessions.

The event explored the exciting and also daunting futures faced by older adults living with HIV/AIDS who did not think they would live to this day. For many of them, now is the time to envision the future they thought might never arrive.

“As I told the attendees, I’m 54 years old and HIV+,” said John, who participated in the “To Work or Not to Work: What Do I Need to Know?” panel. “So as a person who has walked the same roads as many of them, I understand how they’re feeling and I can help them navigate through all the public and private benefit programs.”

Currently, more than 50% of people living with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco are age 50 or older, and many are facing new challenges that result from living longer. ALRP developed the ALRP HIV50+ Project, a community partnership especially for people with HIV who over 50 years of age. The HIV50+ Project includes legal representation, trainings and educational presentations to help clients with a myriad of issues including housing, insurance, and estate planning.