The First HIV/AIDS Generation Reaches Retirement Age

The First HIV/AIDS Generation Reaches Retirement Age

Bill Fauber keeps a Post-it pad in every room of his pristine Palm Springs condo. Each afternoon, his metal stairway banister fills up with a line of bright yellow, pink, green and orange stickies reminding him to buy eggs, call his doctor, take his HIV medications, fix the ceiling, clean the pool, call a friend. At day’s end, he gathers all of the notes and compiles a list of unfinished tasks on a single slip.

“I might remember something now, and in five seconds I will forget,” says Fauber, 66. He’s been HIV-positive since 1988 and wonders if his absentmindedness could be attributed to the disease. Could it be related to the antiretroviral drugs he takes daily? Or is it simply old age? He’s not sure, but he doesn’t have to travel far to realize that he’s not alone.

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