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HIV/AIDS Awareness Days

National HIV/AIDS And Aging Awareness Day

September 18, 2010

September 18 is the third annual observance of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. This day highlights the importance of preventing HIV infection in elderly people and the need for greater understanding of and ability to address the challenges of aging with HIV/AIDS.

According to the latest surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2007 an estimated 170,140 people aged 50 years old and older were living with HIV, which accounted for 29.3% of all people living with HIV. Among people aged 50 years and older, it is estimated that 6,788 new cases of HIV developed in 2008, accounting for 16.4% of new HIV diagnoses.
Each year, the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Office of AIDS Research (OAR) develops a Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research. Research related to HIV and aging is discussed throughout the document. Some of the key issues addressed include:
  • How HIV progresses in older versus younger adults
  • How HIV and antiretroviral medications affect older adults who have other, age-related diseases
  • How HIV affects the physical and cognitive declines seen in old age
  • Which factors affect adherence in older adults
  • Which factors affect HIV risk and transmission in older adults
  • How long-term HIV infection and treatment affect natural aging and conversely how natural aging affects long-term HIV infection and treatment 
The links on this page provide information about National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day and resources about HIV research, treatment, and prevention, including information specifically related to HIV/AIDS and aging.

Research Related to HIV/AIDS and Aging

FY 2011 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research: Comprehensive plan for all NIH HIV-related research for 2011, including information addressing HIV and aging, from OAR, NIH.

HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials: Studies seeking volunteers, provided by the AIDSinfo clinical trial search. To help narrow your search for clinical trials, Live Help, a service of AIDSinfo, is available to provide one-on-one assistance via the Internet. Assistance from AIDSinfo is also available by calling 800-448-0440.

Published Research Related to HIV/AIDS and Aging: Research published concerning HIV/AIDS and aging, from

Resources on HIV/AIDS for Older Adults

HIV/AIDS Information for Older Adults
: A Web page listing links to HIV/AIDS-related resources for older adults, from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Resources for HIV and Aging: A Web page listing links to resources for older adults with HIV, from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA).

Prevention Challenges in Persons Aged 50 and Older: A Web page examining challenges in preventing the spread of HIV among adults aged 50 and older, from CDC.

HIV/AIDS Among Persons Aged 50 and Older: A fact sheet from CDC about the number of people older than age 50, prevention challenges in this group, and how CDC is addressing these challenges.

HIV, AIDS, and Older People: A fact sheet addressing the spread, symptoms, prevention, and treatment of HIV in older people, from the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

AIDSinfo Resources

and its Spanish-language companion Web site, infoSIDA, provide HIV/AIDS treatment and research information in both English and Spanish:

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