By next year, 50 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. will be over the age of 50, according to estimates. HIV-positive lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults face many unique challenges and health risks: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, visual acuity issues, and heightened risk of other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In addition to these medical issues, this population of older adults face increased risk of social isolation, depression, stigma and discrimination.
The LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI) will present its third annual community forum on HIV & Aging, “Gettin’ Older with HIV,” to mark National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. The program will be presented on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Church of St, Luke and The Epiphany at 330 S. 13th Street in Philadelphia. It is free and open to the public. “Gettin’ Older with HIV” is part of the LGBTEI’s Conversations series of educational programs. A light breakfast will be served.
It is important that older HIV-positive individuals are aware of the medical, social and emotional risks that they face. This program will outline these issues and empower attendees to access the resources and services that are available to them in the community.
“Gettin’ Older with HIV” is presented by the LGBT Elder Initiative in collaboration with ActionAIDS, AIDS Library of Philadelphia and Penn Medicine. The program includes information of importance to people living with HIV/AIDS, their families, friends, and healthcare and social service providers.
A special “brown bag medication safety” segment, with pharmacists available to review all of a person’s medications, is included in this program.
“Gettin’ Older with HIV” is made possible by the support of the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office (AACO), Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF), Penn Medicine, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), and Philadelphia Gay News.
Registration is required. Contact the LGBTEI at 267-546-3448 or at [email protected] for more information or to register. Additional information can be found at http://www.lgbtei.org/2014/08/register-now-for-gettin-older-with-hiv.html.