AIDS Affects U.$. All -- The photography and Words of Morgan Alexander

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ANDY & JOE
Ambassador Hotel
December 1990

Copyright © Morgan Alexander 2004
I first saw Andy and Joe in the lobby of the Ambassador and was immediately drawn to Andy. I would always visit him when I went to the Ambassador. Like many men with AIDS, his consciousness developed, he learned about AIDS, tried to help others and took better care of himself. I encouraged him to move out of the hotel; it was a freak circus. He finally left Joe and moved into an apartment with his new lover, Alex who also suffers from AIDS. Their life has improved greatly even though they still struggle with the ravages of the disease. Joe lives in the West Hotel on Eddy Street and suffers from rheumatoid arthritis.

Andy came from a family of 16 children and didn't discover until he was 16 that these were his cousins. For much of his early life, he was a chef and served 5 years in the military. Andy was diagnosed in 1987 with Pneumocystis Pneumonia. In 1989, part of his liver, colon and gall bladder were removed. As of 2004, he is still alive and every year, I get a Christmas card and a phone call. I now consider him an old friend and an intense survivor.

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