September 18 Is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
The Center for Disease Control estimates that 47 percent of HIV positive people are over the age of 50. As people age, they will experience new health and social concerns, but people who are HIV positive are likely to be affected even more profoundly.
Thanks to advances in treatment,education, and testing, HIV positive people are living longer and healthier lives. But as these individuals age, they are being confronted with unexpected issues, such as concerns around housing, access to proper medical care, and long-term HIV treatment.
To help deal with these and many more topics, AIDS Care Ocean State (ACOS) is partnering with the AIDS Institute to help raise awareness around HIV and aging as part of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day.
What is AIDS Care Ocean State doing to help?
TESTING: For an HIV positive person, the first step to living along healthy life is to know their status. AIDS Care Ocean State offers free,confidential testing in our BroadMed Facility Monday through Thursday. Our trained staff can give you your results, and help you understand what they mean. If your test comes back positive, we can get you connected to crucial medical care right away, regardless of your ability to pay.
ADDRESSING POVERTY CONCERNS: Poverty takes an incredible toll on seniors, but when combined with being HIV positive, the situation seems hopeless. AIDS Care Ocean State provides housing, assistance with utility bills, food gift cards, and access to our food pantry so that people of all ages do not have to worry about food insecurity.
GIVING PEOPLE A VOICE: Our clinicians and staff offer individual and group therapy in a safe, professional setting, where clients can discuss issues around aging, addiction, and living with HIV.
REFERRALS: Our staff work with a network of medical professionals,and can aid older individuals in getting the help they need right away.
The AIDS Institute launched National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD) on September 18, 2008. Each year our Nation observes NHAAAD, and promotes activities on or around September 18th. The campaign is recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.aids.gov.