Paul offers ’hope for the elders’ in this ’Positive Spin’ campaign by AIDS.gov.
Friday, September 18, marks the eighth annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD). Organized by the AIDS Institute and other partners, the campaign hopes to focus on the HIV-related challenges facing the aging population.
According to the AIDS Institute, the awareness day targets:
- People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) who are aging with the disease or already over 50 at the time of their initial diagnosis,
- Increasing the use of protection from HIV infection, especially among the baby boomer population, and
- The increasing number of grandparents becoming the primary guardians for children who have lost their parent(s) to HIV/AIDS.
In related news, the grassroots group Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome) has published the “HIV Long-Term Survivors Declaration,” an empowering eight-page document that offers a vision for the future of long-term survivors.
In addition, an awareness campaign titled “Don’t Take VAT” by Theratechnologies focuses on excess visceral adipose tissue (VAT), which can be a health risk for some people living with HIV.
And since 2006, the Graying of AIDS project has been documenting older HIV-positive people around the word. POZ magazine highlights the project in its current feature “Older, Wiser, Ready for Their Close-Up.”