Monday, September 18, marks National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day 2023, searchable on social media as #HIVandAging and #NHAAD. Events and campaigns highlight the fact that older adults make up the largest age group of people living with HIV. Founded by The AIDS Institute, #HIVandAging Day offers a chance to advocate for this population and their unique needs and challenges.

Embedded throughout this article are sample posts related to this year’s awareness day.

“With advanced treatment options, HIV-positive individuals are living longer lives,” states “However, the interactions between aging and degeneration caused by HIV have become a public health concern that needs to generate appropriate awareness and education. Efforts to expand HIV prevention messages for older adults should also include information and resources about linking newly diagnosed individuals to care while also advocating to ensure these individuals have appropriate access to care and treatment.

In 2021, there were 441,259 people ages 55 and older living with HIV, representing 41% of the U.S. population living with HIV, according to, which creates interactive maps and graphics based on the latest HIV data.

Among older people living with HIV in 2021, AIDSVu notes that:

  • 84% were linked to care;

  • 74% received care;

  • 68% were virally suppressed—the highest viral suppression rate out of all age groups. However, this still falls short of the Ending the Epidemic (EHE) Initiative’s goal of increasing viral suppression among people with diagnosed HIV to 95% by 2025;

  • 34% were diagnosed late, the highest percentage of late diagnoses among all age groups.

What’s more, between 2021 and 2022, there was a 22% increase in the number of people in this age group using PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, the daily pills and long-acting injectables that prevent HIV.

“Older adults living with HIV face additional challenges related to treatment given age-related chronic conditions, including cardiovascular disease, lung disease, obesity and more,” writes AIDSVu. “Stigma stemming from isolation due to a lack of social support and/or illness may also prevent older individuals from accessing HIV-related health care or disclosing their HIV status.”

For more information on this topic, read the AIDSVu interviews with Sonya Arreola, PhD, MPH, on Gay Men and Aging and  Mark Brennan-Ing, PhD, on HIV, Aging, and Health Equity.

In related news, you can join a webinar at noon, Monday, September 18, presented by the Department of Housing and Urban Development that focuses on HIV, aging and housing. For more details, and other #NHAAD resources, visit this POZ blog.

And for a collection of similar POZ articles, click #Aging, where you’ll find items such as “Positively Aging Project: 8Th Annual Conference on HIV & Aging,” about a virtual event Saturday, September 23.

And don’t miss the cover story “Aging With HIV” in the September issue of POZ, in which long-term survivors share their journeys. (This issue features two separate covers, including one created for the 2023 U.S. Conference on HIV/AIDS, held earlier this month. The theme of the conference was “A Love Letter to Black Women.”)

The two POZ covers for September 2023