Two major media outlets have recently used ACRIA's research as the central resource to discuss the aging of the nation's HIV-positive population. On July 7, 2004, the cable channel CNNfn invited ACRIA's Associate Director for Research, Stephen Karpiak, Ph.D., to talk about this relatively unacknowledged issue during a 10 minute live broadcast. The New York Times subsequently described portions of ACRIA's seminal research on this topic in an August 17, 2004 article titled "Facing Middle Age and AIDS." Among other things, the front page article in the Science Times section described our findings on the high levels of depression in HIV-positive seniors and the population's relative lack of support from family and friends as they experience age-related health problems in addition to complications from HIV and AIDS stigma. The BBC also recently interviewed ACRIA researchers about our Research on Older Adults with HIV/AIDS (ROAH) initiative, which will be broadcast in the near future.
ACRIA's leading role in researching the needs and circumstances of the older HIV-positive population is an ongoing endeavor. We are currently recruiting for a major follow-up study that seeks to enroll 1,000 New York City participants. This new research will include the largest sampling of an older HIV-infected population so far accomplished. We expect its findings to substantially advance understanding of how the United States HIV population will age in the coming decade, and may significantly impact HIV/AIDS health policy.
In August, TrialSearch@acria.org achieved a milestone for this national online database of HIV/AIDS clinical trials. Information about HIV-related clinical trials in all 50 states and Puerto Rico is now available through this interactive database. This could not have been achieved without the help and dedication of a number of interns who worked with ACRIA over the summer. We continue to update the trial information on a state-by-state basis, and recruitment of volunteers is ongoing.
ACRIA's Community Advisory Board (CAB) fosters partnership between the education staff and the local community impacted by HIV/AIDS. Involving community members in the development of our education programs ensures that community values and cultural differences are respected in ACRIA's educational work.
Community Advisory Board members meet every other month, review program materials, and help us identify education needs.
For more information about the CAB or if you are interested in volunteering at ACRIA, please call Mark Milano at (212) 924-3934, ext. 123.
This article was provided by AIDS Community Research Initiative of America. It is a part of the publication ACRIA Update. Visit ACRIA's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.