National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
September 18, 2012
AIDSinfo joins the nation in observing the fifth National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, a day set aside to recognize the impact of HIV/AIDS among older adults. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents, approximately 30% of people currently living with HIV/AIDS are 50 years of age or older. The number of older adults with HIV is growing for two reasons:
- Antiretroviral therapy, which helps people infected with HIV live longer
- An increase in newly diagnosed infections in people 50 years of age or older
Efforts to address the challenges of HIV and older adults include outreach to encourage seniors to get tested and research to understand the interaction between HIV and aging.
To learn more about HIV/AIDS and aging, visit the links on our National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day webpage.