Older Adults and HIV/AIDS
Over 1 million Americans are living with HIV and the number is growing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31% percent of people living with HIV nationwide are over the age of 50. Moreover, research indicates that by 2015 half of the people living with HIV in the U.S. will be over more than 50 years old.
With the advent of the 21st century, prevention of HIV has become an important issue for older Americans. Today, 17% of all new HIV/AIDS cases occur among people who have lived to the half century mark and beyond. It is clear that more needs to be done to inform individuals and aging network providers about the importance of educating older Americans about HIV prevention.
We’re pleased to offer these useful resources for aging professionals and others interested in designing programs for older adults about the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Please visit this site regularly to view new resources as they are added. Resources available to help overcome barriers to accessing free and confidential HIV testing, affordable health care, insurance coverage, and eldercare services include:
The HIV Testing Sites and Care Services Locator, a location-based search tool, allows you to search for testing services, housing providers, health centers and other service providers near your current location.
The Health Resources and Services Administration funds Community Health Clinics which care for people, even if they have no health insurance. Find a federally funded health center near you, where you pay what you can afford, based on your income.
If transportation is a barrier to receiving HIV testing or health care, the Eldercare Locator can direct you to your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA). Many of AAAs provide some form of transportation assistance or referral, as well as other services for older adults and their families.
On July 13, 2010 the White House released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). This ambitious plan is the nation's first-ever comprehensive coordinated HIV/AIDS roadmap with clear and measurable targets to be achieved by 2015.
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30th Anniversary of HIV/AIDS
HIV and Older Adults
- HIV Among Older Americans (CDC) URL:
- HIV/AIDS in the Elderly Population Webinar (YouTube video)
- Reporting Manual on HIV/AIDS (Updated), Kaiser Family Foundation U.S. Global Health Policy, November 2012
- Let’s Face It: Older Adults Speak About HIV Booklet, ACRIA, 2012
- National Resource Center on LGBT Aging HIV and Aging Resoruces
- Growing Older with the Epidemic: HIV and Aging, GMHC, 2010 (PDF)
- The AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA) has a number of resources related to older adults on their website including curriculum, technical assistance resources and capacity building materials. Access educational booklets or the report Research on Older Adults and HIV.
- October 2010 White House summit on HIV and Aging (YouTube video)
- The sixth annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD), “Aging is a part of life; HIV doesn't have to be”
- Medicare Covered HIV Screening Educational Brochure
- HIV, Aids, and Older Adults, Spanish version
Additional Useful Resources
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Last Modified: 12/31/1600