The 12th National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD) will be observed on Wednesday, September 18. At year-end 2016, nearly half (48%) of all persons living with HIV in the U.S. were aged 50 and over. One-sixth of all new HIV diagnoses during 2016 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, the NHAAAD campaign targets:
- people living with HIV/AIDS who are aging with the disease or already over 50 at the time of their initial diagnosis;
- increasing the use of protection from HIV infection, especially among the Baby Boomer population; and
- the increasing number of grandparents becoming 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.
Materials from CDC and HHS on HIV and Aging
HIV Among People Aged Fifty and Older – Fact sheet from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
HIV and Older Adults – Fact sheet from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) AIDSinfo site.
Growing Older with HIV – Fact sheet from HHS’s HIV.gov site.
Diagnoses of HIV Infection Among Adults Aged 50 Years and Older in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2017 – This CDC surveillance report provides detailed data on the incidence and prevalence of HIV infection among older adults, with breakdowns by age, race/ethnicity, gender, transmission category, and region.
Considerations for Antiretroviral Use in Special Patient Populations: Older Patients with HIV – 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.
Web Sites and Pages on HIV and Aging
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day – Official web page for the awareness day, with links to an event planning guide, a social media kit, and other materials.
HIV-Age Page – This site, focusing on issues related to HIV and aging, is presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine, ACRIA, and the American Geriatrics Society. It includes clinical recommendations, journal articles, case studies, and resource listings. This site includes the HIV & Aging Clinical Recommendations curriculum with CME/CE credit available through March 2020.
Populations Living with HIV: People Over 50 – Page on TheBody.com site with links to news and feature articles, personal stories, and resources.
Ageisnotacondom.org – This site from ACRIA focuses on the sexual health of older adults of different ages and sexual orientations. It includes the resource Staying Healthy as You Age, which is also available in Spanish.
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 nationally recognized coalition of leading HIV advocates and long-term survivors.
Toolkit, Reports, and Fact Sheets on HIV and Aging
HIV and Aging Toolkit – From AETC HIV and Aging Workgroup
Olvidados – Illuminating the Needs of the Forgotten: A National Health Assessment of Latinos Growing Older with HIV – Report from the Latino Commission on AIDS and Hispanic Health Network.
The Unintended Consequences of AIDS Survival – Report from TPAN.
Coming of Age: A Guide to Ageing Well with HIV – Booklet from justri.org.
Older People and HIV – Fact sheet from AIDS InfoNet.
Aging and HIV – Fact sheet from TheWellProject.
Growing Older and Ageing with HIV – Fact sheet from AVERT.