2012 Conference

Living Longer = Living Well? Aging with HIV

Thanks to highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), people with HIV are now living much longer. But aging with HIV is not without its challenges. In addition to the normal aging process, people aging with HIV face complications associated with the virus, side effects of treatment and high rates of comorbidities with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, renal disease, arthritis and osteoporosis.

Ontario is watching the greying of HIV. Almost half the people who use the support services of community-based AIDS service organizations are over age 40, and 45% of new HIV diagnoses in 2011 involved people over the age of 40. What are the physical, social and mental health challenges of being older with HIV? What are the key concerns of people aging with HIV? What services do they need? What should service providers be doing differently to help people stay healthy and active into old age? In this plenary session, panelists will discuss some of the challenges of aging with HIV as well as support strategies.

Michael YinMichael Yin, M.D., M.S. is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. In the Women's Interagency HIV study, Dr. Yin's primary research focus is on the metabolic complications of HIV infection and antiretroviral therapy. As a member of the Bone and Metabolic Working Groups for the WIHS, Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS) and AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), Dr. Yin is involved in other studies on bone metabolism, fracture, and other metabolic complications in HIV-infected individuals.

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Lisa PowerLisa Power, MBE Policy Director at the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) in the U.K., presented the findings of their 50+ study, including the challenges that older people with HIV face related to work, money, housing, physical and mental health care needs, sexual health and lifestyle issue and discrimination. THT publications include research into aging and HIV, stigma and discrimination, experiences of living with HIV and a range of policy booklets and briefings.

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Stephen KarpiakStephen Karpiak, Ph.D. had a distinguished 25-year research career as a faculty member at Columbia University Medical School in neurobiology and immunology. In 1995, he became the Program Director of AIDS Project Arizona. For the last ten years, he has been the Associate Director for Research at the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA) where he initiates seminal research studies on HIV and aging. His research contributed to a White House Meeting on HIV and Aging in 2010 and to national programs developed by the U.S. Agency on Aging.

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David BrennanDavid Brennan, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Social Work in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto and has been a clinical social worker in the HIV/AIDS and health care field since 1983. He is currently examining how we measure sexual orientation in population-based health studies as well as the resiliencies, strengths, and assets that gay and bisexual men have that prevent them from becoming infected with HIV.

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