Eric Sawyer was infected with HIV in 1980. Twenty-eight years later, and after the death of countless friends, he is still alive.
In a recent BBC profile, Eric said he worries that the younger generation does not understand the harsh reality of the disease.
Thanks to antiretroviral drugs HIV is no longer a sure death sentence. But from Eric's point-of-view that has made the newer generation less vigilant against infection.
In addition, only those with means have access to the life-saving drugs. Eric, who is upper-middle class and has health insurance, estimates that his drugs cost $40,000 a year. He says: "I can buy life, and that's not fair."