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SENATE HEARING ON HIV & AGING NEXT WEDNESDAY IN D.C.

Posted by Tim Murphy , September 12, 2013

SENATE HEARING ON HIV & AGING NEXT WEDNESDAY IN D.C.

Nelson Vergel: This hunk will speak on the panel.

By 2015, half of all Americans with HIV will be over 50. That’s a miracle of modern-day HIV treatment. But these folks also face a host of health challenges. They have three times as many coexisting conditions as people their age without HIV—including diabetes, depression, cancers and heart disease.

“Folks with HIV over 50 get these things earlier and worse than others,” says Dan Tietz, executive director of AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA), which runs the HIV & Aging website ageisnotacondom.org.

Next Wednesday, September 18, is National HIV/AIDS & Aging Awareness Day. To mark it, there will be a briefing on the topic from 9:30am-10:30am (with a reception to follow) at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Room SVC 212.

The hearing is hosted by ACRIA, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), National Hispanic Council on Aging, Human Rights Campaign, Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC).

The moderator is Michael Adams, Executive Director of SAGE. Speakers include:

>Henry Pacheco, MD, Director of Medicine and Public Health, National Hispanic Council on Aging

>Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD, Medical Director, Infectious Diseases Care Center, United Medical Center

>Nelson Vergel, Director, Program for Wellness Restoration

>Courtney Williams, Community Planner, DC Office on Aging

This briefing will highlight the needs and challenges of older adults with and at risk for HIV. In particular, the discussion will focus on federal AIDS policy and how investments in HIV and aging research, care, and programs will both improve and extend lives and save money.

In addition, the Senate Special Committee on Aging is holding a hearing on HIV and aging at 2 PM on September 18 in Dirksen 562. “We would love to see a full room for this hearing,” says Tietz. In addition, the Senate Committee welcomes written statements for the record: here.

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