HIV and Aging

Aging with HIV can introduce health and social considerations: medication interactions, financial security, and planning for advanced aging are a few. Aging with HIV is becoming a reality for many in Canada, and researchers and social scientists are turning their attention to exploring the ramifications for people living with HIV.

Social Issues

What Growing Old with HIV Looks Like in Canada (CBC The Current, 2018)

Why aren’t older people tested for HIV? Views from doctors and patients (AIDSMAP, 2018)

How to Help Long-Term HIV Survivors Embrace an Unanticipated Life (The Body Pro, September 2017)

Growing older with HIV: short videos (Realize, multi years)

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day  (Annually, every September 18)

Reach Out: The Importance of Social Connectivity in HIV and Aging (AIDS Committee of York, 2016)

Older Adults with HIV: An Overlooked Population? (Social Worker Helper, 2017)

 

Clinical Care

HIV-Age.org: Journal articles, clinical information, conferences and more.

HIV and AIDS Video Series: training videos for anyone working in a long-term care setting, in all staff and volunteer capacities

HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HAND): An Update (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, June 2017)

HIV and aging was presented in a special session at the 2017 Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) conference:

A Smart Age with HIV: Challenges for clinical care of an aging population (January 2017)
Dr. Giovanni Guaraldi is an international expert in HIV and aging.


 

Get to Know Realize

Realize was formerly known as the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR). This national charitable organization works to develop research, education and cross-sector partnerships that bridge the worlds of HIV, disability and rehabilitation.

Realize section on HIV and aging notes that the number of people living and aging with HIV is increasing as a result of improved treatment options for people living with HIV who have access to medication, and an increasing number of people are diagnosed with HIV later in life.

Realize has produced and gathered a number of resources on their website.

Below are some useful links to Realize’s information and resources about HIV and aging. Note: Each information-related page has a separate page with links to resources, so these pages are presented in pairs:

Information on HIV and Aging
Resources related to general information on HIV and aging

Information on HIV and Aging: What does it mean?
Resources related to the meaning of HIV and aging

Information on aging with HIV
Resources related to aging with HIV

HIV prevention for older adults
Prevention-related resources for older adults

Realize also hosts a page with links to other sites providing information on HIV and aging.

 

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  • Hepatitis C (HCV) is a viral infection just as HIV is a viral infection. Unlike HIV, however, HCV can be treated and cured.  Treatment for HCV is available to anyone living with hepatitis C in BC.   Explore in Detail: Hepatitis C: Epidemiology, testing, treatment, resources HCV Manifesto Hepatitis C Treatment Options Expand in BC

  • The Evaluation News blog covers our work within PAN and with organizations in the community.  Learn about different kinds of evaluation like Realist Evaluation, learn how other organizations are using evaluation approaches, meet evaluators on the job, and find out about how you can help in community evaluation. Explore in detail:  Evaluation News blog Evaluation… Read more »

  • People with HIV can live long and healthy lives if they access to treatment and social support as needed. As people with HIV age, however, complications of aging can compound challenges of living with HIV. Concerns for people with HIV who are aging can include income security, stigma, safe and affordable housing, aging in place,… Read more »

  • Our Fall Conference, AGM, PLHIV Forum and ED Summit gathers people from across the province who share their programs and services, learn about new developments in public health, and help build a vibrant and supportive community. We also offer Regional conferences to customize capacity building-needs for different service areas in BC. After the events, with permission… Read more »

  • We offer our KnowledgeConnect webinars to reach our  member organizations as well as community leaders and stakeholders. Information is available when our viewers have the opportunity to connect. Watch for news on upcoming webinars in the blog. Follow the blog for news on upcoming webinars   Explore webinars by theme: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health Health Determinants… Read more »

  • In April 2016 BC’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall declared the overdose epidemic in BC a public health emergency.  Despite committed efforts, the epidemic continues, as overdose statistics show.  This has significant impact on first responders, including frontline staff at Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) member and allied organizations, and especially people with lived experience… Read more »

  • In April 2016 BC’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall declared the overdose epidemic in BC a public health emergency in April 2016.  Despite committed efforts, the epidemic continues, as overdose statistics show.  This has significant impact on first responders, including frontline staff at Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) member and allied organizations, and especially people… Read more »

  • Information about the law and the rights of people with HIV  Having HIV is not a crime, but law can impact heavily on the lives of people with HIV. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network “is one of the world’s leading organizations tackling the legal and human rights issues related to HIV, and advocating at both… Read more »

  • Evaluation can help guide your organization or group to make decisions about programs, services, research, and more. Participatory research is just what it sounds like- people and communities take part in decision-making about what is evaluated, rather than being told what they “should” evaluate. Community is central to evaluation work and we can help you… Read more »

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