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National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

September 18, 2013


On September 18, 2013, AIDSinfo joins the nation in observing National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, a day set aside to recognize the impact of HIV/AIDS among older adults. While many people believe that younger people are at the highest risk for HIV infection, 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, in the United States, 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.

Explore the links on this page to learn more about National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day.
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The U.S. Government Observes National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day


National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, AIDS.gov webpage

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Research Related to HIV/AIDS and Aging


FY 2013 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research: Comprehensive plan for all National Institutes of Health (NIH) HIV-related research for 2013, including HIV/AIDS and aging research priorities, from the Office of AIDS Research (OAR), NIH.

HIV/AIDS-Related Clinical Trials: Studies seeking volunteers to participate in clinical research about aging and HIV infection, from the AIDSinfo clinical trials search. Call AIDSinfo at 1-800-448-0440 for assistance with your clinical trials search.

Published Research Related to HIV/AIDS and Aging:

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Information and Resources on HIV/AIDS and Aging


HIV and the Older Patient, excerpt from the HHS Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents

HIV and AIDS: Persons Aged 50 and Older, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

HIV, AIDS, and Older People, from the National Institute on Aging (NIA)

HIV/AIDS Health Topics: Adults 50 and Over, from AIDSinfo

Specific Populations: Aging Adults, from the National Library of Medicine HIV/AIDS Portal

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