@TheAdvocateMag – What Aging with HIV Can Look Like

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Op-ed: What Aging With HIV Can Look Like

Soon half of all people with HIV in America will be over the age of 50.

BY Carl Sciortino and Lisa Krinksy LICSW
September 17 2014 6:00 AM ET

There are three types of older people living with HIV: people who have been living with the virus for many years; older people who are just learning their status; and those newly infected with HIV. In other words, older people living with HIV are, for the most part, no different than those who are younger.

That said, there are concerns that older people living with HIV or at risk of getting infected need to be mindful of. Thursday is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, which aims to raise awareness of the fact that many people living with HIV are older, and that older adults are not immune to getting infected. The day provides an important opportunity to reflect on the issues facing older people living with or at risk of acquiring HIV.

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