Highlights Challenges of Aging with HIV
Washington, DC – Today, NMAC marks the fifth annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD). Sponsored by The AIDS Institute, NHAAAD is meant to highlight the complex issues facing prevention, treatment and care for aging populations, emphasizing the need for expanded prevention and research targeting Americans over 50, especially as it relates to understanding the impact of HIV/AIDS on the aging process.
“The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) is proud to stand with the entire HIV/AIDS community in commemorating this National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day,” said NMAC Director of Legislative & Public Affairs Kali Lindsey. “As America’s population ages, so do those impacted by HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that by 2015, half of all people living with HIV in the U.S. will be over the age of 50. As treatments improve, and people with HIV are living longer, we must do more to address the unique prevention challenges and care needs of this population.”
“Communities of color traditionally face higher incidence and risk factors for diseases traditionally associated with aging, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer,” continued Lindsey. “Given the disproportionate impact of HIV on these same communities, it is especially important to consider the challenges of addressing these health issues among aging minority populations who are also living with HIV. We also must acknowledge that seniors deserve a healthy and fulfilling personal life and continue to educate them about their vulnerability to HIV.”