National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
Observed on September 18th on an annual basis, National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day focuses on the challenges and issues facing the aging population with regards to HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment.
Observing this day also promotes the continuation of research and understanding when it comes to the aging process while living with HIV/AIDS. We also take this day to celebrate the many treatment advancements that have taken place related to managing and living with HIV/AIDS.
Articles on aging with HIV/AIDS
At H-I-V.net, we have a number of articles about aging with HIV/AIDS. Take a moment to read through these articles highlighting the realities of aging with HIV from a variety of perspectives.
Check out these articles on aging
- For a general overview about aging, treatment, and life expectancy, you read can this article on aging.
- Regular adherence to treatment, and staying in touch with your healthcare provider can go a long way when it comes to aging with HIV. In this article on ongoing care, you'll find information discussing which doctors can help manage HIV, information describing what test results mean, and other important considerations.
Personal stories about aging with HIV
The medical advancements in HIV/AIDS treatment are both exciting and promising, but reading personal stories about aging can help others get a real-life perspective on what aging with HIV can really look like. Below you'll find a number of these personal articles written by people living with HIV. We invite you to join the conversation and add your thoughts in the comments sections on this page, or any of the articles shared below!
- Khafre shared in his article on Aging with HIV, "I never thought I would be living 31 years beyond my HIV diagnosis. Now, 53-years-old, I have been living with HIV for more than half of my life."
- In addition to H-I-V.net, we also have a Facebook community where those living with and affected by HIV share their experiences. Check out this compilation article we created showcasing a number of responses from our Facebook community to the question, "How long can a person live with HIV?".
- Lastly, Dee shares her journey of becoming a grandmother and says, "I am so grateful for the advancements in the medications and being able to see my girls grow into women, and watching my nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews grow up." Check out Dee's article on becoming a first-time grandma.
Do you have a personal story to share?
Personal stories can be empowering, uplighting, and inspiring. We believe everyone can benefit from having a place where they can freely share their personal experiences with others. We invite you to share your own personal experience related to aging with HIV/AIDS with the community! Click the button below to head over to our stories page!
At what age were you diagnosed with HIV?