HIV and the Aging Services Network

Unsafe sex is the most common way people contract HIV worldwide.  Many people mistakenly assume that older Americans are not sexually active and therefore not at risk for HIV infection.  This is not the case.  A 2007 national survey of Americans ages 57 to 85 found that the majority of older Americans are sexually active.Continue Reading

Sexual Health in HIV and Aging

Consistent with the primary care guidelines, the health care team should screen older persons at each visit for high-risk behavior or evidence of sexually transmitted diseases, and then provide a tailored prevention message. A more general prevention message should be given at each visit to all patients. Developing a routine way to elicit the patient’sContinue Reading

Cognitive Aging with HIV within the Context of Positive and Negative Neuroplasticity

David E. Vance, PhD, MGS Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL Shameka C. Humphrey, MSN, RN PhD Student, School of Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL Gwendolyn D. Jones, PhD Assistant Professor, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL Thanks to the effectiveness of combination Antiretroviral Therapy (cART), people areContinue Reading

The “Age is Not a Condom” tagline was created by the Graphic Designer Andy Chen while he was a Fulbright Scholar at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art in London, U.K. His design project “Imaging Intimacy” (http://vimeo.com/15992485) was based on research with older adults of different ages and sexual orientations (https://www.behance.net/gallery/Imaging-Intimacy/7604523). His design messages aimed at being respectful and age inclusive regards the sexual health of older adults. They challenge stereotypes of age, sex and health. The tagline has been incorporated by ACRIA as a website addressing aging and HIV and sexuality issues (www.ageisnotacondom.org). Chen’s designs have been used in social media campaigns at International AIDS Conferences, as well as in New York City and London.