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2020 National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (September 18)

The 13th National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD) will be observed on Friday, September 18.  In 2018, just over half (51%) of all persons living with HIV in the U.S. were age 50 and over. One-sixth of all new HIV diagnoses during 2018 were also among persons in this age group. According to the AIDS Institute, which launched NHAAAD in 2008, this awareness day “focuses on the challenging issues facing the aging population with regards to HIV prevention, testing, care and treatment. In addition, there is an increased need for prevention, research, and data targeting the aging population, medical understanding of the aging process, and its impact on HIV/AIDS.” 

In particular, NHAAAD raises awareness about the following:

  • The large number of people living with HIV/AIDS who are aging with the disease or already over 50 at the time of their initial diagnosis;
  • The need to increase the use of protection from HIV infection, especially among the Baby Boomer population; and
  • The role of grandparents as the primary guardians for children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS.

To help you and your patients or clients prepare for and mark NHAAAD, we have compiled an annotated list of online resources focusing on HIV/AIDS among older persons. 

Resources from HHS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its agencies and offices – including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – have developed and compiled extensive resources about HIV among older persons. 

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day – This is the official web page for this awareness day, with links to an event planning guide, a social media kit, and other materials. 

HIV and Older People – This fact sheet from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) AIDSinfo site examines the impact of HIV on persons 50 and older, their risk factors for HIV infection, CDC’s HIV testing recommendations for older persons, and special considerations when providing HIV care and treatment to older persons. 

Growing Older with HIV – This fact sheet from summarizes recent statistics on HIV among older persons, together with information about potential health complications associated with aging, complications associated with long-term HIV infections, late HIV diagnosis among older persons, and the importance of support services for this population group. 

Considerations for Antiretroviral Use in Special Patient Populations: HIV and the Older Person – Section of the HHS Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in Adults and Adolescents Living with HIV focusing on key considerations when caring for older persons receiving HIV treatment. 

HIV and Older Americans – This illustrated fact sheet from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) summarizes recent statistics on HIV diagnoses, HIV prevalence, and the continuum of HIV care among older persons.  CDC also provides information about HIV prevention challenges among older persons, as well as steps the agency is taking to address HIV in this population group. 

Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2018 – This CDC surveillance report provides detailed data on the incidence and prevalence of HIV infection, with breakdowns by age, race/ethnicity, gender, transmission category, and region. For adults aged 50 and over, data are divided into four age subcategories: 50 to 54 years, 55 to 59 years, 60 to 64 years, and 65 years or older. 

Estimated HIV Incidence and Prevalence in the United States: 2014-2018 – This CDC surveillance report provides detailed data on recent trends in the incidence and prevalence of HIV infection, with breakdowns by age, race/ethnicity, gender, transmission category, and region.

Additional Resources 

Aging and HIV – This fact sheet from The Well Project examines how the number of older persons with HIV is increasing, issues related to living and aging with HIV, aging-related health challenges, HIV treatment, stigma and social support, and steps older persons with HIV can take to monitor and optimize their health.  

Growing Older and Ageing with HIV – This fact sheet from AVERT includes information about age-related conditions and HIV, accelerated aging, taking care of one’s physical and mental health, HIV treatment, sex and relationships, and specific health considerations for middle-aged and older women with HIV. 

Ten Things Every LGBT Older Adult Should Know About HIV/AIDS – This fact sheet from SAGE includes background information about HIV infection and its effects on older adults, populations at greatest risk, stigma and discrimination, HIV prevention, talking with providers, LGBT-affirming health care, and support networks. 

HIV and Aging Toolkit – This resource was developed for use by members of the AIDS Education and Training Center Program and HIV health care professionals. It includes information about prevention, assessment, treatment, and psychosocial aspects of HIV among older persons. 

SAGE: Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders – This website includes an HIV/AIDS section with several fact sheets and issue briefs that focus on HIV and aging, with particular emphasis on LGBT persons. 

Olvidados – Illuminating the Needs of the Forgotten: A National Health Assessment of Latinos Growing Older with HIV – This report from the Latino Commission on AIDS and the Hispanic Health Network summarizes the health concerns, obstacles to optimal health, and facilitators for well-being among older Latinos.  It also includes recommendations for meeting the unmet needs of this population group. 

HIV-Age Page – This site is sponsored by the American Academy of HIV Medicine, ACRIA, and the American Geriatrics Society. It focuses on issues related to HIV and aging, includes clinical recommendations, journal articles, case studies, and resource listings. This site also has an HIV & Aging Clinical Recommendations curriculum. 

Positively Aging – This is an initiative from TPAN (Test Positive Aware Network) “to deliver innovative and compassionate care to older adults, ages 50 and older, who are living with HIV – whether newly diagnosed or long-term survivors.” Positively Aging is closely affiliated with The Reunion Project, a national coalition of HIV advocates and long-term survivors. 

Populations Living with HIV: People Over 50 – Page on site with links to news and feature articles, personal stories, and resources.