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This profile was last updated on 9/21/14  and contains information from public web pages.

Board Member

Phone: (619) ***-****  HQ Phone
San Diego POZabilities
P.O. Box 34471
San Diego , California 92163
United States

Company Description: San Diego POZabilities (SDP) is a supportive network of HIV+ men and their friends. SDP connects members through diverse social events in a safe, welcoming...   more

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    SD Pozabilities
Web References
San Diego POZabilities - What We're About, 21 Sept 2014 [cached]
Jerry Turner
San Diego CityBEAT, 22 Feb 2006 [cached]
Jerry Turner, a board member of SD Pozabilities, an HIV support group, has been HIV-positive, by his estimate, for 25 years.He didn't get tested until the HIV drug AZT became available in the mid-'80s.To knowlingly live with the disease prior to any promising medical treatment would have been too overwhelming, he said.The 61-year-old guesses "toughness" is the reason he's survived this long.
Turner lived in San Francisco from 1980 to 1998 before moving to San Diego.He remembers the weekly obituaries in a local gay newspaper, the Bay Area Reporter.
Olakino Maika'i, 23 April 2007 [cached]
The real heroes, says Jerry Turner of San Diego Pozabilities, a social group for HIV-positive men, are the young people who are able to struggle through either their initial destructive or denial stages - stages he avers every person has the right to go through - and then find a balance. Like Royle. "Being young and positive is devastating," says Turner, 61, who was diagnosed himself in 1985. "I don't care whether you're talking about the '80s and '90s, when being diagnosed meant you had only a few months to live, or whether you are talking about today. Fears that young people have are the same: horrible social stigmas, lack of social systems, and lack of awareness of HIV services and organizations." he moment you hear the words
Advances in medication and education have made it possible for people like Turner to be living productive lives 20 years after being diagnosed. "Life has changed a great deal for people newly diagnosed," Turner says. "It certainly isn't universal, but by and large, people are living much longer lives than we who were diagnosed in the '80s or '90s ever hoped to live." And those differences, says Turner, leads to some very positive social and emotional changes. "One of the biggest changes is how people view their money and health and future," Turner says.
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