SAGE, the Diverse Elders Coalition and ACRIA Co-Release New Policy Report on HIV and Aging
New policy report outlines eight concrete recommendations to improve the health and wellness of older adults with HIV.
Among the recommendations offered in the report is a call to prioritize HIV and aging as a topic at the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, a gathering held every decade to address current federal policy issues in aging. The report notes that older adults are increasingly the majority of the U.S. HIV-affected population; by 2015, one in two people with HIV in the U.S. will be age 50 and older—by 2020, that proportion will increase to nearly three in four people.
The report also proposes that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fund HIV prevention campaigns aimed at older populations, which would address the noticeable increase in new infections among people age 50 and older. Given the epidemic’s disproportionate impact on LGBT people and people of color, the report recommends prevention campaigns that are culturally and linguistically appropriate for LGBT people and communities of color.
In conjunction with the report, SAGE, the DEC and ACRIA held a national teleconference May 28 on the state of HIV and aging. The call included experts from the three organizations, as well as Dr. Jennifer Kates, Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation. The teleconference explored how policy leaders and practitioners can support this growing and diverse population—in the HIV and aging fields, and in the LGBT rights sector.
Other recommendations offered in the report include: improving the CDC's data collection on older people; increasing Medicaid expansion at the state level to enhance health coverage options for older people with HIV; increasing funding for the Ryan White Program; funding research on aging with HIV from the National Institutes of Health; promoting clinical guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to treat older people with HIV; and specifying older adults with HIV as a population of "greatest social need" in the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act.
The Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) advocates on behalf of LGBT elders and elders of color. The DEC includes the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, the National Hispanic Council on Aging, the National Indian Council on Aging, SAGE and the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center.
To download the full policy report and learn more about the DEC, click here.
To learn more about SAGE’s work on HIV and aging, click here.
To access HIV and aging resources, visit SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With staff in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 30 SAGE affiliates in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more at sageusa.org and lgbtagingcenter.org.