On September 18, 2008, National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day was launched by The AIDS Institute in an effort to raise awareness due to the alarming increase in the number of older adults becoming infected with HIV as well as those older adults over 50 aging with HIV.
Each year our nation observes National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAD) on September 18th and the national campaign highlights the complex issues related to HIV prevention, care and treatment for aging populations in the United States. NHAAD is further recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, and www.hiv.gov.
In an effort to continually expand awareness about HIV/AIDS among the aging population, organizations and community members are invited to develop, implement and participate in awareness activities and events on or around September 18th.
Our goals are to emphasize the need for prevention, research and data targeting the aging population and increase medical understanding of the aging process and its impact on HIV/AIDS. Through action, we hope to increase the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). Through awareness, we hope to reduce stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS among the aging population.
For more information, please contact Michelle Scavnicky