National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day September 18, 2013: Fact Sheet
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September 18, 2013 marks the sixth annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day to emphasize the need for prevention, research, and data targeting the older population, medical understanding of the aging process and its impact on HIV/AIDS.
Despite myths and stereotypes, many seniors are sexually active, and some are drug users; therefore, their behaviors can put them at risk for HIV infection. By 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of the people living with HIV in the U.S. will be 50 years of age or older. As a result, The AIDS Institute has taken the lead to organize an annual campaign to end HIV/AIDS related stigma, discrimination, and misinformation about prevention care and treatment for those over 50.
How Organizations Can Participate
Organizations may wish to provide or host activities that can help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among older adults within their communities, neighborhoods and schools:
- Work with local health service or clinic to provide free walk-in HIV tests at clinic or at a community location or event
- Hold a forum at a senior citizen center or community center reaching older adults
- Set-up an AIDS and aging exhibit at your agency or at a local health fair, place of worship or other location reaching those 50 and older
- Invite someone living with HIV and middle-aged to speak at a local event or place of worship
- Develop news release about HIV/AIDS and aging and send to local newspapers
- Encourage local media to provide coverage or do interviews on behalf of the observance
- Arrange for local senior citizen organizations to commemorate this observance through exhibits, DVDs, and/or guest speakers/health educators from local AIDS organizations
- Have your agency web site include information and links about the observance
- Provide educational posts about the observance through your agency’s social media accounts
In 2009, in the U.S., CDC reported persons aged 50 and older accounted for:
- 17% of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses
- 36% of persons living with AIDS
- 24% of all AIDS diagnoses
- 45% of all deaths of persons with AIDS
By 2015, the CDC estimates that half of the people living with HIV in the U.S. will be 50 years of age or older.
As of 12/31/12, a total of 10,112 HIV and AIDS cases have been reported to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) since the epidemic began. Of the 10,112 reported cases:
- 777 (8%) were among persons aged 50 and over
There is an estimated 7,516 that are currently living with HIV in Minnesota. Of this total:
- 2,707 (36%) were among persons aged 50 and over (includes those who have relocated to Minnesota)
2012 Diagnosed Cases
315 new HIV cases were reported in 2012. Of these cases:
- 40 cases (13%) were among persons aged 50 and over
- To view detailed Minnesota data go to MDH's HIV/AIDS Surveillance web page.
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