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NHAAAD 2014: Shifting Attention and Focus to HIV/AIDS and Aging

September 18th, 2014

Aging is a part of life; HIV doesn’t have to be.  This is the theme for the 7th annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD), which is observed yearly on September 18. This awareness day was created to address two distinct truths: Many older Americans are not getting tested for HIV. Myths, stigma, and lack of targeted education make this population, especially diverse older adults, less aware of how to protect themselves from the virus. This is concerning because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that by next year, 50% of the people living with HIV in the United States will be 50 years or older. Medical breakthroughs have improved HIV treatment, allowing people who adhere to regular and continuous care lead longer and healthier lives. While this is a positive outcome, we face a shortage of services and support mechanisms for older Americans living with HIV/AIDS. In addition, there isn’t enough research or data about the impact of HIV/AIDS on the normal aging process. “If we lookRead More