People with HIV are living longer. This is due in no small part to the clinical advances in HIV treatment and care which help people with HIV live to nearly the same life expectancy as the general population. The proportion of people with HIV aged 50 years and older in the Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau (HRSA HAB) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) is growing (Figure 1). With this growing population come unique healthcare challenges including clinical needs (e.g., comorbidities) as well as psychosocial needs, including those of long-time survivors.
HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) is working with RWHAP recipients, subrecipients, and providers to identify and share effective strategies to meet the unique needs of this growing population. To share some of these experiences, HRSA HAB is hosting a series of two national webinars for RWHAP recipients, providers, and people with HIV to share important information about the healthcare and psychosocial needs of people with HIV aged 50 years and older in the RWHAP.
March 26, 1:30 - 3:00 pm ET – Healthcare Needs of Adults with HIV who are Aging in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program
To participate: https://hrsaseminar.adobeconnect.com/aging_with_hiv/ (Closed captioning available)
Audio Conference: 888-469-0647; Participant Code: 8812778
During this webinar, subject matter experts will present on the clinical needs of adults with HIV who are aging and resources available to meet provider training needs. The webinar will also feature a RWHAP client who has experienced the challenges in navigating the complex healthcare systems available to older adults.
Rescheduled for May 2020 - Psychosocial and Support Needs for Adults with HIV who are Aging in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program
To participate: https://hrsaseminar.adobeconnect.com/aging_with_hiv/ (closed captioning available)
Audio conference: 888-469-0647, Participant Code: 8812778
During this webinar, subject matter experts will present on the psychosocial and support services needs for aging adults with HIV.
RWHAP client-level data from 2018 show that 91.5 percent of clients aged 50 years and older reached viral suppression in the RWHAP. However, disparities exist among subpopulations in this group. To reach the goals of the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, the RWHAP is working to address the disparities in viral suppression among these subpopulations and maintain the health of those people with HIV aged 50 years and older who have reached viral suppression.
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