September 18, 2019
September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day—a day to call attention to the growing number of people living long and full lives with HIV and to aging-related challenges of HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and care.
People with HIV are living longer thanks to treatment with HIV medicines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2015, an estimated 47% of people in the United States with diagnosed HIV were aged 50 and older. People aging with HIV can face treatment-related challenges, such as drug interactions between HIV medicines and medicines used for other conditions.
There are also HIV prevention challenges related to aging. For example, although HIV risk factors are similar for all adults, older adults may be less aware of these factors and the importance of testing to detect HIV in its earliest stages. CDCreports that 35% of people aged 55 and older who received an HIV diagnosis in 2016 already had AIDS.
Browse the links below to find National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day resources and information about HIV and aging.
The U.S. Government Observes National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day Webpages:
Research Related to HIV/AIDS and Aging
NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research (FY 2019-2020), from the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR): The Plan describes NIH research priorities to prevent, treat, and eventually cure HIV/AIDS. Aging is a consideration across areas of NIH HIV research.
HIV/AIDS-Related Clinical Trials: Research studies pertaining to HIV and aging, from the AIDSinfo clinical trials search. For help with your search, call AIDSinfo at 1-800-448-0440.
Published Research Related to HIV/AIDS and Aging:
Information and Resources on HIV/AIDS and Aging
Fact sheets on HIV and aging:
- HIV and Older Adults, from AIDSinfo
- HIV Among People Aged 50 and Over, from CDC
- HIV, AIDS, and Older People, from the National Institute on Aging
HIV treatment recommendations for older adults:
- Department of Health and Human Services Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in Adults and Adolescents Living with HIV: Older Patients with HIV, from AIDSinfo
Comprehensive collection of resources:
- AIDSource: Specific Populations: Aging Adults, from the National Library of Medicine