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California: Agencies Host Health Fair for HIV-Positive Older Men

January 23, 2014

This article was reported by Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco).

The Bay Area Reporter stated that the San Francisco AIDS Foundation; the Silver Project at 360, University of California San Francisco (UCSF): The Positive Care Center; and Let's Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome) would host a day-long event for HIV-infected men age 50 and older at SFAF's gay men's health center, Magnet (4122 18th Street), on January 26 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The wellness fair would feature seminars on aging and dermatology, depression and post-traumatic stress, memory and cognitive issues, dental health, and medications. Dr. Malcom John, director of 360: The Positive Care Center, also invited participants to join the Silver Project, a research study open to HIV-infected men over age 50 who received care through UCSF.

UCSF was one of five California health care providers who received part of a $6.4 million grant in 2010 from the California HIV/AIDS Research Program of the University of California. The study was the first US patient-centered medical home research to focus on people with HIV or AIDS. The study's goal was to create an integrated, "community-based system of care, treatment, prevention, and support services that provides coordinated, high quality, client-support services." San Francisco Department of Public Health, the UCSF Positive Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital, and 360: The Positive Care Center were collaborating on the Silver Project, which already had enrolled 330 patients.

After a baseline assessment, the study would divide participants into one of three groups. The wellness group would receive basic services. The moderate and intensive groups would receive more specialized attention, as determined by weekly care provider meetings. The Silver Project would test two strategies for depression, loneliness, and isolation: A peer-to-peer support group supported by the Shanti Project, and a home-based visit with a psychiatrist.

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