Editorial

Older Adults Dominate the USA HIV/AIDS Epidemic

The annual HIV and Aging Awareness Day occurs on Sept. 18th. Older adults are dominating the USA epidemic. In major metro areas more than half of all those living with HIV are age 50 and older. For example, in San Francisco the number of older adults is more than 60% and in NYC the estimate is 55%. As the HIV-AGE initiative reminds us – those who provide clinical care to HIV infected older adults are spending more time addressing and managing comorbidities associated with aging and not HIV. Multimorbidity management is best achieved by embracing geriatrics principles (see http://hiv-age.org/clinical-recommendations/). Those principles are reflected in the just released patient centered booklets “Staying Healthy with HIV” which was developed by the HIV-Aging Consensus Project (www.HIV-Age.org) with its partner ACRIA. This first ever booklet can be downloaded here. The booklet is being released at the 20th United States Conference on AIDS (ACRIA USCA Booth 216) in Florida this week. The booklet and other supporting materials can be gotten at the Exhibit Booth or by contacting ACRIA at training@acria.org.

Purpose of this Program: The AAHIVM, ACRIA and AGS (collectively, the “Sponsors,” “we” or “us”) are sponsors of this Website and through it seek to address the unique needs and challenges that older adults of diverse populations living with HIV face as they age. However, the information in this Website is not meant to supplant the advice provided in a doctor-patient relationship.

General Disclaimer: HIV-Age.org is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided through HIV-Age.org should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, consult your health care provider.

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