Ryan White and HIV/AIDS Aging Awareness Day

Ryan White and HIV/AIDS Aging Awareness Day

September 12, 2017
Aging AIDS Awareness Day

Nearly half of Americans living with diagnosed HIV are aged 50 and older. Most contracted HIV at a younger age and many are living longer because they are engaged in HIV/AIDS care and benefiting from effective treatments. In the coming years, an increasing proportion of U.S. HIV/AIDS cases will be among those 55 and older.

Ryan White and Older Americans

The RWHAP client population is aging. RWHAP clients aged 55 and older accounted for 27.5% of all clients in 2015, an increase from 18.1% in 2011. In addition, more than 30% of clients in both 2011 and 2015 were aged 45-54 (2015 RWHAP client level data report).

Ryan White Clients by Age

Clients Served by the RWHAP, by Age Group, 2011 to 2015, U.S.

Intersection of Geriatric and HIV Care

HIV care and geriatrics have a lot in common. Watch Practical Aspects of Caring for People Aging With HIV from the 17th Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Clinical Care Conference, held August 2017. According to presenter Eugenia Siegler, MD, HIV increases the risk of frailty, even after successful ARV treatment, and older people with HIV often have significant impairments. Understanding the fundamentals of geriatric care, including assessments and screening of function, frailty, and cognitive impairment, can be of great benefit for HIV clinicians, especially as the HIV population in the United Staes ages.

In her talk, Siegler highlights specific tools clinicians can use in caring for their older patients, including screening tools for frailty and cognitive impairment. See the AETC NCRC for clinical tools related to older persons living with HIV/AIDS.

TA and Training Resources

Search our Aging resource page with items like Care of the Older Adult with HIV Infection Webinar (see below video) and Strategies to Support Successful Aging among Older Adults with HIV.

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