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More than half of people living with HIV (PLWH) in the United States are over age 50 and at least half of them are over 70 years old. Advances in HIV anti-retroviral treatments continue to extend the lifespan of people with HIV. However, people aging with HIV, particularly those diagnosed earlier in the epidemic, are likely to face a myriad of challenges: clinical, psychosocial, financial, and logistical. As they age, it’s likely they will enter places of care not familiar with HIV and its co-occurring conditions. Evidence has demonstrated that nurses are ideally situated to deliver and manage this complex care.
- Expand knowledge and skills to provide quality nursing care for people living and aging with HIV.
- Provide information on common co-morbidities and co-occurring conditions in people living and aging with HIV.
- Enhance understanding of the unique psycho-social aspects of aging with HIV.
The Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) is the leading nursing organization responding to HIV/AIDS and related co-morbidities and co-occurring conditions. Founded in 1987, our mission is to promote the education and development of nurses and others involved in the delivery of health care to persons living with or affected by HIV and to promote the health and welfare of people living with HIV/AIDS around the world.
This learning activity provides an overview of the basics of HIV treatment and prevention. Information on HIV epidemiology, transmission, HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, and principles of HIV treatment adherence are discussed. Information ...
Creating an Inclusive Space
One of the key strategies for providing successful HIV treatment is engaging and retaining individuals in care. Creating a culture that recognizes the diversity of persons living and aging with HIV and fostering an environment that is ...
Chronic Co-Occurring Conditions
Age-related co-occurring conditions may be exacerbated by HIV and its treatments. This learning activity will describe how HIV and aging interact to increase risk for several co-occurring conditions including renal and liver disease, cancer, ...
Brain Health, Cognition, and Mental Health
Conditions affecting mood and cognition can impact quality of life for people with HIV as they age into older adulthood. This learning activity will provide an overview of HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder (HAND), as well as other ...
Quality of Life Part One - UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Aspects of aging with HIV that impact health, comfort, function, and the ability to participate in or enjoy every day life events are examined. Topics such as sensory deficits, sexual health, relationships and community and other supports are featured.
Quality of Life Part Two - UNDER CONSTRUCTION
A continuation of Part One: Aspects of aging with HIV that impact health, comfort, function, and the ability to participate in or enjoy every day life events are examined. Topics such as sensory deficits, sexual health, relationships and ...
Aging with HIV: Loss, Isolation and Resilience
People aging with HIV who have lived through the AIDS epidemic have experienced tremendous loss, stigma and discrimination that have affected health, including mental health and exacerbated isolation. Understanding the experience and impact ...
This project is supported through Gilead as part of Gilead’s Age Positively initiative, which aims
to support programs focused on improving the quality of life and health for those aging.
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