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:
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.
- Antiretroviral therapy, which helps people infected with HIV live longer
- An increase in newly diagnosed infections in people 50 years of age or older
Explore the links on this page to learn more about National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day.