On National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, Attention Turns to Growing Number of Elders With HIV
More than one in four people with HIV in the U.S. is over 55, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Today marks the annual event focusing attention on the opportunities and hurdles faced year-round by people aging with HIV.
For National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) assembled a set of online resources ranging from research information to practical tools for HIV prevention and care -- and the internet buzzed with the stories of people moving forward in their lives after decades of living with HIV or finding out late in life that they have HIV:
From The AIDS Institute (TAI), founder of NHAAAD:
Today, we recognize the 10th annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD). In 2008, NHAAD was launched by The AIDS Institute (TAI) in an effort to raise awareness due to the alarming increase in the number of older adults becoming infected with HIV as well as older adults over 50 aging with HIV. The 2017 key message is "Together we can age without HIV".
TAI has worked with many partners to draw national attention to HIV and older adults by developing the NHAAAD educational toolkit. The toolkit has numerous components that can be used to promote HIV awareness among older adults. In addition, TAI worked with ACRIA by co-branding images of their successful social marketing campaign for older adults, "Age is Not a Condom" into NHAAAD's existing promotional materials. The six posters are available for download and customizable based on organizational or individual interest.
Those PLWHIV that are 50 years or older face increased isolation and of those aging people of color, not only face this isolation but increased stigma, lack of access to care, poverty, and racism. Furthermore, when people living with HIV have achieved viral suppression and HIV is well-controlled, there is a need to be educated about other aging-related conditions. People that age with HIV face comorbidities for which they are in greater risk such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. They also need to be aware of interactions between medications used to treat HIV and those used to treat age-related conditions. That's why NMAC created the HIV 50+ Strong & Healthy program. HIV 50+ Strong and Healthy seeks to mobilize, engage, and educate people living with HIV who are over the age of 50 on the impact of HIV has on aging people of color.
From A&U Magazine:
From The Alliance:
From the REPRIEVE Clinical Trial:
From the CDC's Act Against AIDS campaign:
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From His Health:
From D.C. Takes on HIV:
Memebers of the HIV Community
Josh Robbins and Tez Anderson of Let's Kick Ass chat about NHAAAD:
The LGBT Elder Initiative presents "Gettin' Older with HIV":
From long-term survivor and prominent blogger Mark S. King:
From long-term survivor, speaker and advocate Tez Anderson:
From HIV advocate Mark Janes:
From HIV advocate Steve Auldridge:
JD Davids is the director of partnerships and a senior editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.