National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, September 18
Did you know that more than a quarter of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the U.S. are over 55 years old? Improvements in treatment over the past three decades have helped many people with HIV live longer, healthier lives. In addition, new HIV infections continue to occur in older adults, many of whom may not realize they have the same HIV risk factors as younger people. As a result, older Americans are often at a more advanced stage of HIV when they are diagnosed. Routine HIV screening helps get HIV positive Veterans into treatment, improving their health outcomes and reducing the potential for the virus to be transmitted to others.
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day is the perfect time to talk about getting tested for HIV and, for those with HIV, getting and staying in care.
Read the resources below and help us promote National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. Together, we can increase HIV testing rates and decrease the spread of AIDS.
|Fact Sheet: "HIV/AIDS Fact Sheet: Information for Veterans"|
|HIV Care Continuum: Information for Providers|
See also: VA HIV Testing Campaign
VA recommends that every Veteran patient be tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime. Routine voluntary HIV testing is now official VA policy. HIV testing saves lives.