Tez Anderson

Public Speaker, Founder, and Writer in San Francisco, California

"Tez shines a light on the needs of long-term survivors and the issues around aging with HIV. In 2013, he founded the group Let’s Kick ASS–AIDS Survivor Syndrome (ASS) in San Francisco; the group now boasts local chapters across the nation. He coined the term “AIDS Survivor Syndrome (ASS)” to describe the aftermath of long-term survivorship. Tez is the force behind HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day, which is observed each year on June 5. (It was on that date in 1981 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] first reported about what is now known as AIDS.) As an adviser at ACRIA, Tez has also helped research HIV in older adults and has penned papers and declarations for older people living with the virus."— POZ 100 2018 Honoree "celebrates people 50 and over with HIV making a difference in the fight against the virus."

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's written for Time magazine.

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. https://LetsKickASS.hiv and https://hltsad.org.

His hallmark is an ability to write information about issues to make them accessible to long-term survivors and the general population. He's passionate about improving the lives of older adults aging with HIV.

Tez became a gay rights advocate in his hometown Atlanta, Georgia in the early 1980s.

Ian McKellen credits him with helping, now Sir Ian, come out as gay in 1990.

He is also a feature film screenwriter. He co-wrote The Night Listener, a feature film based on events in his life. The film stars Robin Williams, Toni Collette and Bobby Cannavale/

In a People magazine article in 1990, we went public as a person living with HIV. He has always been out about his HIV-positive status.

He also served as Creative Consultant on the three groundbreaking Tales of the City miniseries that aired on PBS in 1994.

  • Work
    • Let's Kick ASS
  • Education
    • Georgia State University