- Category: HIV & Aging
- Published on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 00:00
- Written by Liz Highleyman
Tuesday is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 30% of Americans living with HIV/AIDS are age 50 or older. A growing body of research is looking at suspected "accelerated aging" among HIV positive people, but much remains unknown. An AIDS Institute webinar and a forum in San Francisco will look at what we know and how we can meet the needs of this population.
The number of older people with HIV has increased in recent years both because effective combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) is now keeping people alive longer -- even approaching the same life-span as the general population if they start treatment promptly -- and because more people are being newly diagnosed over the age of 50.
Studies suggest that HIV positive people -- especially those who sustained severe immune decline before starting effective antiretroviral treatment -- may experience several progressive chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and neurocognitive impairment at earlier ages. This has led some researchers to propose that HIV infection may accelerate aging, but much remains to be learned about this issue.
AIDS Institute Webinar -- September 18, 10:00 am PST (1:00 pm EST). The AIDS Institute will host an "HIV/AIDS and Aging" webinar that will address the need for more research, education, and prevention efforts for older people living with HIV and collaborations at the federal level to address HIV among older individuals. Speakers will include Timothy Harrison, Senior Policy Advisor in the DHHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, and Stephen Karpiak from ACRIA's Center on HIV and Aging and New York University.
San Francisco -- NHAAAD Panel Discussion and Community Conversation -- September 18, 6:00 pm PST. Forum presented by the Gladstone Institutes, Project Inform, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and the San Francisco Foundation. Speakers will include Elizabeth Blackburn from UCSF; Robert Grant, Warner Greene, and Eric Verdin from the Gladstone Institutes, Dana Van Gorder from Project Inform; and community advocate Anna Jackson; and community activist and HIVandHepatitis.com contributor Matt Sharp. For details and to RSVP see www.gladstonenotimetolose.eventbrite.com.
HIVandHepatitis.com: HIV and Aging section
AIDS.gov:Aging with HIV/AIDS
The AIDS Institute: National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness web site
AIDSinfo. National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. Web page. 2012.
AIDS.gov. National HIV/AIDS & Aging Awareness Day Webinar. Blog.AIDS.gov. September 14, 2012.