Aging with HIV is beginning to get the attention it deserves. The issues affecting midlife and older people living with HIV have been in the media, discussed by government and non-for-profit HIV and Aging organizations, and researched in the fields of science and medicine. And, that attention is critical because it is estimated that by the year 2015 over half the people living with HIV will be aged fifty or older.
There needs to be more discussion about this issue at all levels, including: Expanding research initiatives on how HIV affects older bodies; Building policy and education programs that target midlife and older adults; Creating training modules for service providers; Establishing dialogues about the emotional, physical, social and financial consequences of living with HIV into older adulthood; And, providing support and community to people aging with HIV.
It has been personally enriching to be a part of this process through my work on Aging with HIV: A Gay Man’s Guide. I’ve met some fantastic people who are committed to these issues. And, I hope to continue to be a part of the discourse, as an educator and psychotherapist, providing training and supervision on the subject. It has been a learning process for me, and I have grown as a clinician and teacher from the workshops I have given and attended across the country.
Since the publication of the book my clinical practice has expanded. I find that balancing my work as a psychotherapist and as an educator fills my professional time. So, I am going to take a break from maintaining the Aging with HIV blog.
The site will remain operational. You can still use it to find resources and to contact me. Review some of the earlier blog entries to find links to articles and organizations that may be of interest. You can use the links on the right hand column to find blog entries or read my January 23rd post, Annual Review, which offers an overview of what I’ve written in the blog this year.
Thank you for being a part of this journey with me. I look forward to seeing what new developments are on the horizon.