HIV/AIDS & Aging

HIV/AIDS and Aging



Thursday, September 18th is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day



In honor of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day I have put together a comprehensive list of resources available on the web about HIV and Aging. If you are in the Philadelphia area, join the LGBT Elder Initiative for the event listed below.

Gettin’ Older with HIV
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 10am – 12:30pm
Location” 330 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA (St. Luke & The Epiphany)
Details: a free community workshop to update people living with HIV/AIDS, caregivers and service providers about the unique issues facing LGBT people with HIV/AIDS as they get older

In the AIDS Library

Materials focusing primarily on aging

  • Aging with HIV: A Gay Man’s Guide, by James Masten
  • Aging with HIV: Psychological, Social, and Health Issues, by Janice E. Nichols et al
  • What People Over 50 Need to Know About HIV and AIDS, by the PA Department of Health – a pamphlet, available in both English and Spanish
  • The New Ourselves, Growing Older: Women Aging with Knowledge and Power,  by Doress-Worters and Paula Brown – part of the Our Bodies, Ourselves series
  • Nutrition in Aging, by Eleanor D. Schlenker

Materials with sections focusing on aging:

  • The Alternative Health & Medicine Encyclopedia, by James E. Marti – with a chapter called “Aging”
  • Doctor, What Should I Eat?, by Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D. – with a section called “Aging: No One Lives Forever – But It’s Worth a Try”
  • Extended Health Care At Home: A Complete and Practical Guide, by Evelyn M. Baulch – with a section “Care for the Elderly”
  • The Gay Men’s Wellness Guide, by Robert E. Penn – with chapters called “Older Gay Men,” and “Aging”
  • Natural Family Doctor: The Comprehensive Self-Help Guide to Health and Natural Medicine, by Dr. Andrew Stanway et al – with a section of “The later years” and “Death and bereavement”
  • Our Bodies, Ourselves, by the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective – with a sections on “Midlife and Menopause” and “Our Later Years”
  • The Planned Parenthood Women’s Health Encyclopedia, by Planned Parenthood – with an entry on “Aging” and entries on many other issues related to Aging
  • The Women’s Complete Wellness Book, by Debra R. Judelson, M.D., and Diana L. Dell, M.D. – with chapters called “Mature Years: Ages 46 to 64” and “Older Years: Ages 65 and Over”

The Basics

For a brief introduction to this issue, see AIDS InfoNet’s Older People and HIV.

For a longer introduction, see:

For a statistical introductions, see

For a comprehensive patient handout, see the HIV Training and Resource Initiative’s Coming of Age: A Guide to Aging Well With HIV, a 68-page booklet filled with clear explanations of the aspects of medical care and practical advice for staying health.

Specific Issues

For considerations of HIV risk among older folks (and people having sex with them), see:

For safer sex / prevention messages aimed at older adults, especially those at high risk, see:

For more on the way HIV can effect aging, see

For a couple other specific issues around living with HIV in older age, see:

News & Personal Accounts

For news, see

For personal accounts, see

For video personal accounts, see:

  • Aging POZitively – a 35-minute video profiling three older HIV+ adults
  • AARP’s Standing Up to Stigma – an article and 6-minute video profiling a retired doctor who was kicked out of an assisted living facility because of his HIV status
  • The Graying of AIDS – the website of a documentary currently in progress, with dozens of interviews

Info for Providers

For longer introductions about HIV/AIDS and aging aimed at providers:

For clinical research on HIV/AIDS and aging, see:

For an educational video aimed at providers, see the AIDS Education & Training Center’s HIV and Older Adults, a 28-minute video about co-morbities, treatment, psychosocial issues, the importance of testing older adults, and more.

Upcoming Webinars

For upcoming webinars,

ACRIA HIV & Aging Training  
All webinars take place from 1-3pm EST.

Health Promotion for Older Adults Living with HIV (October 22, 2014)

This two hour webinar will provide an overview of how HIV progresses and affects the overall health of older adults. This information will then be related to how service providers can play a role in promoting and helping older adults living with HIV stay linked to care and maintain viral load suppression.
Sexual Health of Older Adults (December 17, 2014)

This two-hour webinar is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of sexual activity among older adults and the need for effective and tailored HIV/STI prevention messages to help improve sexual health. Data on the sexual activity and function of older adults will be provided from a number of sources, including ACRIA’s research with older adults.

Resiliency of Older Adults Living with HIV/AIDS (November, 12, 2014)

This two hour webinar will provide an overview of the different types of resiliency qualities and how their associations with positive healthy behaviors impact the health of older adults living with HIV.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Varying times.

HIV/AIDS, Aging, and Social Service Providers Webinar: Why Should I Care and What Can I Do? (September 16, 2014) 12:00-1pm EST

HIV/AIDS, Aging, and Health Care Providers Webinar: What All Practitioners Should Know (September 17, 2014) 1:00-2:00pm EST

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New Items Added to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention HIV/AIDS Website

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention has recently added several items to its site. Check out some of the updates below:

New: HIV Prevention Basic Questions and Answers

“HIV is preventable. Find out more about how testing, condoms, safer sex, and biomedical options can lower the risk for you and your partners. Some frequently asked questions and their answers have been added to the site.”

Click here to view the updated site.

New Fact Sheet: HIV Among Men

“Men accounted for 76% of all adults and adolescents living with HIV infection at the end of 2010 in the United States.”

Click here to view the new fact sheet.

Updated Fact Sheet: HIV Among Older Americans

” A growing number of people aged 50 and older in the United States are living with HIV infection. People aged 55 and older accounted for almost  one-fifth of the estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV infection in the United States in 2010.”

Click here to view the updated fact sheet.

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