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How the Gut Microbiome Affects Outcomes in HIV

Gut microbiome alterations have been associated with frailty in older individuals. The journal HIV and Aging has published an article that discusses how aging and HIV affect the gut microbiome, and what impacts these factors have on health.

14 November 2017
Specialty Pharmacy Times
Cognitive Impairment Risk Rises With Increasing Age of People With HIV

Researchers identified this advancing risk after controlling for expected cognitive decline based on age.

20 October 2017
Older Americans With HIV: A Conversation with San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy

About a quarter of the estimated 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States are 55 years of age or older. While many have been living with HIV for years, some have acquired their infections more recently—about 1 in 6 new HIV diagnoses that occur each year in the U.S. are in people over 50. To coincide with this year’s National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, amfAR spoke with Jeff Sheehy, the Supervisor for District 8 in San Francisco since January 2017.

26 September 2017
Aging is not a disease. It’s time we stop treating it that way

In honor of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, held this year on September 18, BETA invited HIV clinician and geriatrician Meredith Greene, MD, to share her perspective on HIV, health and ageism—and what we all can do to overcome the negative effects of age discrimination in our own lives.

19 September 2017
BETA blog
HIV Survivors Give Their 'Last Gift' In A New San Diego Study

The Last Gift study at UC San Diego is a unique new research effort focusing on HIV patients with a terminal illness such as cancer, ALS or advanced heart disease. Participants must have a prognosis of less than six months to live. When they near the end of their lives, they stop taking their HIV medications and let researchers draw blood regularly to monitor the activity of the virus. They also consent to having their bodies autopsied within hours of death.

11 September 2017
Older Adults With HIV: An Overlooked Population?

When it comes to HIV prevention and treatment, there is a growing population that is being overlooked — older adults — and implicit ageism is partially responsible for this neglect, according to a presentation at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.

21 August 2017
American Psychological Association
I've grown old with HIV. I don't fear the virus any more, I fear the stigma

As a 76-year-old, I am part of the first generation to grow old with HIV. We don’t yet know what lies ahead for people like me, but I’ve even been told “you’re probably fitter than many people younger than you”, because I’m having regular health MOTs and living a healthy lifestyle. But I worry about stigma as I grow older and hear stories about terrible treatment of those with HIV in care homes, with staff who have never really had to think about the virus.

27 June 2017
The Guardian
‘Fathers’ Explores a World Where AIDS Never Killed Our Queer Forbearers (Video)

Gay Mexican director Leo Herrera is directing Fathers (aka. The Fathers Project), a sci-fi documentary that explores how society might be different if the AIDS epidemic had never happened. The film mixes real life and fantasy with a cast and crew including historians, artists and performers who imagine the cultural and political influence that we could have had had our “fathers” (the queer men who proceeded us) had not become part of a lost generation.

21 June 2017
Unicorn Booty
Is life for long-term HIV survivors far worse than we want to admit?

In my interview with Sean, we wrangle over our different styles, the purpose of AIDS history, whether fear is a useful tool, and his insistence that life today for long-term survivors is far worse than any of us are acknowledging.

06 June 2017
Honoring the Experience of Long-Term Survivors of HIV/AIDS

On HIV Long-Term Survivors Day, Kelsey Louie of Gay Men's Health Crisis describes how we can help these fierce warriors through new challenges.

06 June 2017
The Advocate
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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