“HIV + Aging: What’s New II,” an LGBTEI Conversation, was presented on December 11, 2013.  Over 50 consumers and healthcare and social service professionals attended the educational forum.

The HIV infected population is aging.  It is estimated that in a little over one year, the majority of people infected with HIV in the U.S. will be over 50 years of age.  Approximately 15% of new HIV infections occur in people over 50.  As the population ages, new issues arise in care and treatment.  Long-term survivors face side effects from use of highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART), as well as from the long-term effects of HIV infection itself.  “HIV + Aging: What’s New II” addressed these issues, outlined the current epidemiology of the virus and served to inform attendees about the physical manifestations and their treatments.  Emotional health issues of isolation, depression and anxiety were discussed during the forum.  The basics of nutrition and food safety were also reviewed.

photo by Bill Gregot

photo by Bill Gregot

Program presenters were (pictured at right l-r) Ian Frank, MD, of the Clinical-Therapeutics Program of the Penn Center for AIDS Research; Baligh Yehia, MD, of the Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health; John Lutz, ATR, BC-LPC, of Mazzoni Center; Veronica Bersani and John Del Rossi, PA, of Rossi Wellness Center.

This program was made possible by the support of the City of Philadelphia’s AIDS Activities Coordinating Office (AACO), Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) and Philadelphia Gay News (PGN).

Watch the full program in our video library! Improving Care, Longevity of Elder HIV Positive Population, Physical Manifestations of HIV with the Aging Process

RESOURCES

Scroll down for additional resources on NUTRITION

How HIV affects aging

On HIV & Aging:
http://www.aidsinfonet.org/fact_sheets/view/616

How HIV affects aging:
http://www.thebody.com/content/art54795.html#hiv GOOD

Exercise Guidelines Published for People with HIV Over 50:
http://www.aidsmeds.com/articles/hiv_exercise_aging_1667_20989.shtml

Menopause and HIV:
http://www.thewellproject.org/hiv-information/menopause-and-hiv

HIV and diabetes:
http://www.thewellproject.org/en_US/Diseases_and_Conditions/Other_Diseases_and_Conditions/Diabetes.jsp

How can I get health insurance if I am HIV positive?

Ryan White Care Act:
http://hab.hrsa.gov/gethelp/index.html

Affordable Care Act:
http://aids.gov/federal-resources/policies/health-care-reform/

http://out2enroll.org

Body issues

Touches on all the issues around lipodystrophy treatment:
http://www.thebody.com/content/art14262.html

The Skinny on Body Fat and HIV:
http://www.thebody.com/content/art53553.html

Can I do anything to get rid of my buffalo hump?

http://www.medibolics.com/lipodystrophy.htm

http://www.thebody.com/h/how-do-you-get-rid-of-buffalo-hump.html

(It is always wise to proceed with caution with this sort of forums.)

Prevention

Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP):
http://www.avert.org/pep-prep-hiv.htm

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (Prep):
http://www.avert.org/pre-exposure-prophylaxis.htm

HIV treatment issues

Adherence:
http://www.aidsinfonet.org/fact_sheets/view/405

Drug resistance:
http://www.aidsinfonet.org/fact_sheets/view/126

Websites for general information

THEBODY.COM

HIVANDHEPATITIS.COM

Special thanks to the staff of The AIDS Library of Philadelphia for their assistance with the preparation of this information.

NUTRITION

The following online resources provide information, guidelines, and tools for providers and patients in managing issues related to nutrition and HIV:

FOOD SAFETY

Food Safety for People with HIV/AIDS (PDF – 2.46MB)

A need-to-know guide for those who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS

U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Food Safety and Inspection Service

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
Food and Drug Administration  

September 2006; Slightly revised September 2011

Special thanks to Veronica Bersania for the preparation of the Nutrition and Food Safety resources listed here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES