National HIV/AIDS & Aging Awareness Day is Sept. 18

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National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day focuses on the challenges facing the aging population with regards to HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment. The campaign targets people with HIV who are aging with the disease or already over 50 years old at the time of their diagnosis. The increasing number of grandparents becoming the primary guardians for children who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS are also included.

Today, with the advancements in research leading to better and more effective medications, people diagnosed with HIV and AIDS are living longer than ever before.  With this longer life expectancy comes medical concerns that everyone should take into consideration. 

On Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. Compass hosts a free event in recognition of National HIV/AIDS & Aging Awareness Day. The event includes a presentation by Dr. Howard Grossman. Dinner will be served and is included with registration.  Please register by September 10th here: https://bit.ly/2Myy1Yt.

You can also find the link on the Compass’ website in its event calendar.

"This conference was established to diminish the disparity in health care access and education, and strengthen the community of women in Palm Beach County,” Lysette Pérez, Compass Health Services Coordinator. “This year we’re offering four topics to four different age groups." 

There are numerous resources in South Florida for older people with HIV. The Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors also has several programs including Coffee and Conversation, Prime Timers and this year’s upcoming Boomer/Senior Health Expo on October 20. 

You can find out more about senior programs at the Pride Center by visiting https://bit.ly/2OIcOss.


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