HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (September 18, 2022)

Posted September 17, 2022

Recognizing National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

September 18th marks National HIV/AIDS & Aging Awareness Day (NHAAD). We are committed to helping older adults living with HIV to live longer, happy, and meaningful lives. Providers: make sure to speak with your patients age 50+ about HIV. According to the CDC, older adults are more likely than younger people to be diagnosed with late-stage HIV & are less likely to discuss sex & drug use with providers. Explore HIV Nexus for resources. Let us also speak out against HIV stigma and creating a safe space to talk about testing, prevention, and treatment for older adults and those living with HIV over 50.

Visualizing NHAAD:

The following infographics from AIDSVu depict the number of persons aged 55+ living with HIV, social determinants of health and HIV among older people, and more:

AIDSVu infographic mapping locations of persons above 55 living with HIV

AIDSVu Graphic - care continuum among people 55 and older

AIDSVu Infographic depicting social determinants of health and HIV among older adults

Scroll to the bottom for more infographics, and visit AIDSVu for further HIV & Aging data.

PAETC on-demand courses related to HIV and Aging:

Recorded E-Learning: Aging with HIV: Challenges for a ‘New Aging’ Population 22-23 (1.5 CEs)

Description: By the end of the course, students will be able to,

  • Describe real-world challenges and solutions for people aging with HIV.
  • Explain how psychosocial barriers affect people aging with HIV.
  • Strategize realignment of existing services for older adults living with HIV.

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HIV Learning Network – Geriatric Assessment for People with HIV, Part I: Multimorbidity & Polypharmacy

Description: According to the CDC, the number and percentage of people ≥50 years old with diagnosed HIV continues to increase, 38% in 2011– to 47% in 2015. In this session, Dr. Meredith Greene, MD will review the changes we as providers can expect in our patients with HIV, and review the essential steps and approach required to complete a geriatric assessment.  She will discuss the complexities of patients experiencing multiple morbidities, and how to manage treatment regimens of medications to treat them.

HIV Learning Network – Geriatric Assessment for People with HIV, Part II: Geriatric Syndromes

Description: We invited Dr. Meredith Greene, MD, back to present part II of her June 2021 talk on geriatric assessments to review the IAS-USA 2020 Antiretroviral Drugs for Treatment and Prevention of HIV Infection in Adults 2020 Recommendations that added frailty to the list of recommended assessments to make for aging adults with HIV.

Upcoming Webinars:

EHE Regional Learning Collaborative Session: Strategies to Support Individuals Aging with HIV

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Date and time: Tuesday, September 20, from 10 – 11:30 AM PT (Zoom)

Description: In honor of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, join this session to learn about strategies and approaches for supporting the needs of older adults with HIV.

Positively Aging Project Yearly Conference! by HIV+ Aging Project

Positively Aging Project Yearly Conference! PromoDate and time: Saturday, September 17, from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM PDT (In-person OR Zoom)

Location: The Joslyn Center – Arthur Newman Theatre
73750 Catalina Way
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Description: A symposium on living and thriving with HIV, featuring high-profile keynote speakers & other prominent figures from the HIV/AIDS community.

Positively Aging: Thriving and Living Well with HIV by the AIDS Foundation Chicago

Positively Aging Conference Promo FlyerDate and time: September 22 and 23, from 10 AM – 3 PM Central Time

Description: The two-part educational symposium will provide updates on the latest developments and strategies for HIV and aging from subject matter experts and feature voices highlighting the challenges faced by older adults with HIV, such as stigma, mental health, and social isolation. Attendees will interact directly with speakers and examine how multiple needs can be addressed for successful engagement in care.

New: The Care and Wellbeing Center

CWC LogoLearn more about HIV and Aging capacity building through our partner organization, the Care and Wellbeing Center (CWC).

The CWC aims to promote the holistic wellbeing of all people living with HIV over 50. Since 2022, they provide training and technical assistance to HIV and Aging service organizations across the Western United States through the Gilead HIV Age Positively Initiative. Stay up to date on their learning activities and resources by subscribing to their newsletter and following their social media accounts below!

More HIV & Aging Resources from our Partners:

Visualizing NHAAD Part 2:

Additional infographics from AIDSVu. Check out AIDSVu’s post for National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day 2022 to learn more!

AIDSVu Graphic - Black Americans aged 55 and older

AIDSVu Infographic

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