HIV, Aging and Long-term Survivors

Switch on your HIV smarts by reading San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s BETA Blog, with regular articles about getting older with HIV, how to live and age well, and other issues related to long-term survivors. Here are a few articles to get you started.

Getting Older with HIV: Earlier Development of Geriatric Syndromes?

Experts believe that age-related decline of organs and other parts of the body may actually happen sooner in life for people with HIV, even with successful HIV treatment. Find out from Meredith Greene, MD, what her research tells us about geriatric syndromes in older adults with HIV, and what people can do to make the most of their health as they age.
BETA Blog: Getting Older with HIV

What Is Our Story? Perspectives from the AIDS Generation

What is it like to be part of the “AIDS Generation”—gay men in midlife, women and men who lost loved ones to the epidemic, and activists, caregivers, and service providers on the front lines in the 1980s and 1990s—and what are their needs and priorities today?
BETA Blog: What Is Our Story?

Unique Health Care Challenges for Older Adults with HIV

Curious about the health concerns older adults with HIV may encounter? Find out what people getting older with HIV may be at increased risk of, and how medical care services for HIV-positive adults can be tailored to their unique medical needs from HIV and geriatric medicine specialist Meredith Greene, MD.
BETA Blog: Unique Health Care Challenges

Twenty-plus Positive Years: An AIDS Survivor Dialogue in Melbourne

Matt Sharp, a Person with AIDS, longtime treatment advocate and co-founder of Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome), shares his experience at a session about long-term AIDS survivors at the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, Australia. Find out what he heard about emotional burnout, trauma, and stigma and discrimination from long-term survivor community members, and what high-level U.S. and global AIDS policymakers said about the way forward.
BETA Blog: Twenty-plus Positive Years

Dreaming A New Future: A Conversation with Long-Term Survivors

Tez Anderson and Matt Sharp, two long-term survivors and founders of Let’s Kick ASS, share their thoughts about “What’s next?” for people who have survived the worst of the early epidemic only to find their lives have stalled. Read their frank conversation about their own experiences with AIDS survivor syndrome, why they have a bone to pick with champions of an “AIDS-free generation,” and how Let’s Kick ASS is helping to kick-start a new chapter in AIDS history.
BETA Blog: Dreaming a New Future