HIV and Aging

Start time
10:00 AM Pacific
End time
11:00 AM Pacific

Presented by the LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN)
*Free and Open to Everyone*

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It is estimated that by 2015, 50% of those living with HIV will be at least 50 years of age, a proportion that will rise to 70% by 2020. This is a remarkable shift from just 30 years ago when HIV/AIDS was considered a “death sentence” imparted upon mostly younger men who have sex with men. However, there are still challenges to aging with the virus given the phenomenon some have described as accelerated or accentuated aging. That is, many of these older adults are experiencing multiple comorbid conditions decades earlier than their non-infected peers. The diversity of experiences of aging with HIV remains a novel and consequently poorly understood phenomenon.

This webinar will review some of the most current research on aging with HIV/AIDS primarily drawing from two large recent studies in San Francisco and New York City. Common patterns and city-specific differences will be noted focusing on physical and mental/ behavioral health issues, and how these impact the need for and utilization of informal social support and caregiving resources, as well as formal community-based health and social services. Implications of these findings will be discussed with particular relevance for policy, service providers and funders.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Understand the epidemiology of HIV and aging, and the changing demographics of this population.
  • Identify the specific health conditions, comorbidities, and conditions of aging with HIV.
  • Understand the informal social networks of older adults with HIV and provision of caregiving and other assistance.
  • State the service use and need patterns of persons aging with HIV.


Mark Brennan-Ing, Ph.D., is the Director for Research and Evaluation at the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America in New York City, and an Adjunct Professor at the New York University College of Nursing. Dr. Brennan-Ing’s work focuses on mental health, social supports, and resilience among older adults with HIV. He is Principal Investigator on ACRIA’s landmark Research on Older Adults with HIV (ROAH) study and other projects focusing on this population in the U.S. and abroad. He is Past-President and current Board Member of the State Society on Aging of New York, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, past Board Member of the New York Association on HIV over Fifty, member of the American Society on Aging’s LAIN Leadership Council, and member of the NIH Office of AIDS Research Working Group on HIV and Aging. He is the Consulting Statistical Editor for Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, and is the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging. He has authored over 75 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and books.

Brian de Vries, Ph.D., is professor of gerontology at San Fran-cisco State University with an adjunct appointment at the University of Alberta. He received his doctorate in life-span developmental psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1988 and was a post- doctoral fellow at both Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and the University of Southern California. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and past Board member of the American Society on Aging (ASA) and co-Chair of the LGBT Aging Issues Network constituent group. Dr. de Vries served on the Institute of Medicine’s Board on the Health of Select Populations Committee authoring the recently released acclaimed book: The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding.