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Tuesday, September 18, is the fifth annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD). Led by The AIDS Institute and other national partners, NHAAAD focuses attention on the needs of people ages 50 and older living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS, from prevention and testing to treatment and care. Related events will take place nationwide to promote this awareness day.

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HIV and Aging

No one would argue that living a long time after receiving an HIV diagnosis is a good thing.

By the year 2015, more than 50 percent of Americans living with HIV will be older than 50.  As the availability of anti-iretroviral medications continues to expand, the rest of the world will not be far behind.  But  researchers are only beginning to understand how HIV and its treatment affects those living with HIV as they age.

Not that HIV hasn’t always been  a complicated disease for patients and their doctors to manage.

According to a study released Thursday, among people over age 45, those with HIV are more likely to have more chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer.

“Longer duration of being HIV-infected or exposed to [anti-retroviral therapy] were also associated with a higher prevalence of these chronic diseases,” said Dr. Judith Schouten of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam and lead author of the study.  Further, these diseases tended to occur five years earlier among patients with HIV than among those without HIV.

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This Wednesday March 23, 2011, we’re having a special group presentation. We’re combining with the PALS project and putting on a joint seminar in the Main Hall of The Pride Center of Building A. This is a topic that should speak to all:

Two Experts to Speak about Taboo Health Subjects for Gay Men

Two lectures sponsored by the PALS Project and “Life Goes On” Elton John Foundation will be provided by top experts who will speak about anal and erectile health, two topics that concern all of us as we age but that we rarely discuss due to stigma and misinformation.

Dr. Elie Schochet, a board certified surgeon who serves as a community colon and rectal expert, will provide a talk entitled “Happy Hiney” that will discuss all of the latest research on preventing anal cancer and preserving anal health.

Nelson Vergel, author of the highly-acclaimed books entitled “Built to Survive: A Comprehensive Guide to the Medical Use of anabolic Therapies, Nutrition and Exercise for HIV+ Men and Women” and Testosterone : A Man’s Guide- Practical Tips to Boost Physical, Mental and Sexual Vitality” will be speaking on the topic, “Preserving Sexual Function While Aging Well.”

The seminars take place on
Wednesday, March 23 at the Pride Center, Main Hall, Building A,
2040 N. Dixie Hwy in Wilton Manors. The evening kicks off with
dinner at 5:30 pm, provided by AHF, and will be followed by the Happy Hiney presentation at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Preserving Sexual Function While Aging Well presentation at 8:00 p.m.

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