Originally posted on AIDS.gov on September 15, 2015.
To recognize National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAD) on September 18, AIDS.gov is sharing facts and digital resources to highlight opportunities to reach out to older adults.
Did you know? In just the past few years, we have seen the percentage of people living with HIV who are over the age of 65 increased 91% — from 32,000 people in 2007 to 61,200 people in 2012 [PDF 6.26 MB].
Watch and Share
- Meet Paul – one of the 5 men from AIDS.gov’s Positive Spin series, which features true stories of people living with HIV and successfully navigating the HIV care continuum. Paul was diagnosed with HIV in 1987, and his story of living with HIV proves “there’s hope for the elders.”
- Several of CDC’s Act Against AIDS campaigns highlight people over 50. In the Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign, Scott shares his story . In the HIV Treatment Works campaign, Reggie offers his experience and perspective.
- The Graying of AIDS project shares images and videos that “combine portraits and oral histories of both long-term survivors and older adults who contracted HIV later in life.”
Share your own HIV experience with a photo or video with the #mypositivespin hashtag to inspire other older adults to know their status, and to get and stay in care.
Did you know? Older adults are using social media: 48% of internet users aged 65 and older and 64% of internet users aged 50-64 use Facebook .
Join the Conversation with Social Media
- Are you following NIH’s National Library of Medicine’s Twitter account: @NLM_HIVplus50 ?
- Like AIDS.gov on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to the AIDS.gov blog to get our posts on HIV and aging. Also–check out the AIDS.gov new media section.
- The community lead for NHAAD, The AIDS Institute, wrote a guide for social media communication about NHAAD [PDF 148 KB] with sample content. Follow @AIDSadvocacy on Twitter.
Want to learn how to use digital tools to talk about HIV and aging? Sign up for a free, phone-based, social media training session with AIDS.gov’s Virtual Office Hours.
Get Apps and Facts:
- Download the Locator app to your phone (available for iPhone or for Android phones) and show all your clients, colleagues, friends, and family how to find a nearby location for HIV testing and services.
- For more information on HIV and aging, visit AIDS.gov’s pages: Newly Diagnosed: Older Adults and Aging with HIV.
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