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Growing old with HIV

‘WE’RE STILL HERE’: Dennis Golay, 60, left, and Larry Gibson, 63, in the garden of their Palm Springs home. Both men tested positive for HIV in the days before antiretroviral drugs. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Bill Cooksley, 71 struggles during his daily workout at Gold’s Gym in Palm Springs. Cooksley survived the ‘80s and ‘90s only to be infected five years ago. Devastated and suicidal, he credits a support group and daily workouts at the gym with saving his life. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Mark Luckasavage, right, and his partner wait for an appointment at the Desert AIDS Project, a medical and social services agency in Palm Springs. Forty percent of the center’s 2,300 clients are older than 50. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
David Brinkman, executive director of the Desert Aids Project in Palm Springs, a treatment center for AIDS patients. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)