Scott Jordan was diagnosed with HIV in 1984 – the same year the virus was identified as the cause of Aids. Like other long-term survivors, he saw many of his HIV-positive friends die before effective treatment became available in the mid-1990s.
Jordan now faces health complications from his medication’s side effects and aging. He also worries that young people, who account for approximately 1 in every 4 new HIV infections in the United States, are less aware of the problems the illness can cause.
‘I’m trying not to make HIV my whole life, and it’s very challenging. But I’m making some headway,’ Jordan told the Guardian’s Ana Terra Athayde and Dominic Rushe.