| As we mark the fifth annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day this week, we've got a question: What does it really mean to be "aging with HIV"? What are the issues -- physical, mental and emotional -- that are unique to people living with HIV who are 50 or older? What steps can HIVers taken to live lives that are both happy and healthy, even as more candles appear on their birthday cake each year? |
Our brand-new Resource Center on Aging With HIV seeks to answer these questions. Featuring a mountain of basic information, treatment/health advice, expert opinion and personal stories, this huge new section of our site is entirely devoted to the issues that matter most to HIV-positive people who are at or over the age of 50.
Here's a taste of what the Resource Center on Aging With HIV has to offer:
HIV/AIDS and the Aging Population: What's Going On?
Three experts on issues related to aging and HIV provide a detailed overview of the stigma, health problems and quality-of-life concerns faced by HIV-positive people who are age 50 and older.
"Premature Aging" and HIV: Dispelling Myths and Calculating Risk
Although plenty of scary headlines have made their way across the Internet in recent years, here's the bottom line on "accelerated aging" among people with HIV: It's probably not as bad as you think.
Educational Booklet: HIV and Aging
Our partners at the HIV organization CATIE have put together this outstanding, easy-to-read introductory guide for people 50 or older who are living with HIV, as well as their partners, family members, caregivers and service providers.
Expert & Community Advice
Frequently Asked Questions: Aging With HIV
TheBody.com's online experts answer a huge range of questions from people living with HIV, including many over the age of 50. We've compiled our experts' answers to some of the most common and important questions.
The Golden Girls (and Boys): What It's Really Like to Grow Older With HIV/AIDS
We invited four people over 50 who are living with HIV to sit down and talk to each other about their lives, the challenges they face and the successes they have achieved over the years.
Word on the Street: Advice on Aging Well With HIV
Even with our incredible advances in HIV treatment, aging well can be a challenge. We asked HIV survivors and thrivers what their advice is for living a healthy, happy life with HIV well into your 50s and beyond.
Read many more perspectives on our "Hot-Button Issues" page.
Patricia Nalls (Video)
When Patricia was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987, she thought she was the only woman living with HIV. She also never believed she'd live to see her children grow up. Now a grandmother, Patricia runs an influential Washington, D.C., women's organization that began as a small support group in her living room.
James Bender (Video)
James -- a heterosexual, former U.S. Navy soldier -- believed that HIV was a gay, white, male disease. Then, in the summer of 1987, he tested positive. This father and HIV advocate discusses the stigma and discrimination that face people living with HIV in the U.S. South and why he never grows tired of talking about the epidemic.
Wanda Hernandez (Video)
When Wanda was diagnosed with HIV, she was completely shocked; like many people who are newly diagnosed, fear began to take over. But instead of letting that fear consume her, she educated herself about HIV and became an activist for others living with HIV/AIDS.
Many more first-person stories, blogs and video interviews are available on our "Up Close and Personal" page.
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