Founder of Let’s Kick ASS – AIDS Survivor Syndrome
Tez Anderson is an award-winning, nationally recognized HIV Long-Term Survivor activist, writer, and speaker who focuses on HIV Long-Term Survivors Aging with HIV. Tez has been living with HIV since 1983.
He is the founder of Let's Kick ASS—AIDS Survivor Syndrome, the first and largest group in the world focused on improving the lives of HIV long-term survivors and older adults aging with HIV.
He coined AIDS Survivor Syndrome (ASS) to describe the spectrum of sustained trauma survivorship. It’s a psychological state resulting from living through HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Tez created HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day in 2014 to shine a spotlight on those living longest with HIV, who had felt forgotten and invisible as they age with HIV.
Tez became a gay rights advocate in his hometown Atlanta, Georgia in the early 1980s and has been a national voice fighting for health and social justice.