ACRIA Sponsors IAC Satellite on Global HIV and Aging

SUSA20:  15 by 15 and the End of AIDS: Now What? 

Venue: Room 104, Time: 20.07.2014, 11:15 - 13:15

Organizers: ACRIA, MAC AIDS Fund, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and The Graying of AIDS

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) has transformed HIV disease into a chronic, albeit serious, illness. Most with HIV can now live near-normal life spans and AIDS-related complications are rare. The end of AIDS is in sight, but caring for 50 million people with HIV will become paramount. The success of ART is often marred by co-occurring conditions. Many aging with HIV develop multiple chronic illnesses usually associated with very old age; the challenge is to create a long-term, chronic health care system. In developing countries, the fragile medical and social services infrastructure cannot respond to the growing number of older adults with HIV. In developed countries, systems often fail to maintain care engagement and treatment adherence, contributing to morbidity and increasing demands on already strained health and human services. A coordinated response from the UN, governments, NGOs, and communities is needed to ensure that those aging with HIV receive needed care and support.

11:15     Introduction to the Satellite
Dr. Mark Brennan-Ing; Director for Research and Evaluation, ACRIA and New York University College of Nursing; New York, NY, USA, and Ms. Dorothy Onyango; Founder, Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya (WOFAK); Nairobi, Kenya                

11:30    Opening Remarks                                           
Dr. Luiz Loures; Assistant Secretary General, United Nations, Deputy Executive Director, UNAIDS; Geneva, Switzerland  

11:40    Initiatives to End AIDS and Implications for Aging        
Mr. Daniel Tietz; Chief Special Services Officer, New YorkCity Human Resources Administration; New York, NY USA                         

11:50    Epidemiology of an Aging Epidemic, Multimorbidity and Polypharmacy   
Dr. Stephen Karpiak; Senior Director for Research and Evaluation, ACRIA and New York University College ofNursing; New York, NY, USA   

12:00    Growing Older with HIV in Resource Poor Settings: Uganda                                                                   
Professor Janet Seeley; Head of the Social Science Programme, MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS, Uganda Virus Research Institute; Entebbe, Uganda    
12:10    Aging with HIV in Resource Rich Settings: Australia                                                                         
Dr. Catherine MacPhail; Doctoral Research Fellow, CRN for Mental Health and Wellbeing, University of New England; Armidale, NSW, Australia

12:20    Experiences of PWHA Aging in Australia
Mr. John Rock; Sydney, Australia

12:30    Developing Programs to Address HIV and Aging in Resource Rich Settings
Mr. Garry Brough; Membership and Involvement Officer, Terrence Higgins Trust; London, UK

12:40    Discussant                                                                                                                  
Dr. Rosemary Gillespie; Chief Executive Officer, Terrence Higgins Trust; London, UK

12:50    General Discussion and Closing