About Aging Well
Aging Well is a CAP initiative focused on understanding the experience of HIV/AIDS long-term survivors and other aging adults affected by HIV. It’s not a direct service program, but instead an investigation undertaken with community partners, informed by the voices of people who have experienced the epidemic for a long time. Emphasis is given to local voices, but people and organizations outside Oregon are contributors too.
About HIV/AIDS long-term survivors and other aging adults affected by HIV
Among advocacy groups, social service agencies, care providers and people living with HIV there are several definitions of long-term survivors. These definitions often specify age, income, residency, sero-status and other matters. They’re often used as eligibility criteria for program participation. Aging Well honors all definitions and considers an HIV/AIDS long-term survivor to be simply someone who has experienced the epidemic for a long time and has survived, sometimes beyond all odds.
Become part of this project.
Although this project is sponsored by CAP, many people and organizations, public and private, are collaborating in a variety of ways. Please let us know if you want to be part of the project. Questions? Suggestions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What we’ve learned so far
HIV/AIDS long-term survivors and other aging adults affected by the HIV epidemic are often gay or bisexual men or other men who have sex with men. Survivors also include all gender identities and are HIV-positive and negative. People of color have been disproportionately affected by the epidemic as have other marginalized populations. Individuals who have lived with the virus, in some cases for decades, have often experienced stigma and discrimination in addition to profound physical and mental health challenges related to the virus and the trauma.
What comes next?
Aging Well is looking into the experiences of HIV/AIDS long-term survivors and other aging adults affected by the HIV epidemic. As such it will result in knowledge, valuable as a tool, but we’ll need to translate what we learn into action. Please be part of planning the next steps. Action equals life!