ONE-DAY CONFERENCE ON HIV AND AGING
AGING WELL WITH HIV: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013
9 AM – 5 PM
12th Floor FACULTY LOUNGE
113 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023
In honor of Black History Month, the Bay Area Reporter has published an article entitled, “Black LGBT elders face isolation,” at http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=68482
The article interviews six Black or mixed-race LGBT people ranging in age from 40 to 64, and focuses heavily on the impact AIDS has had on this cohort. It also, however, contains a quote that speaks to “hidden” populations when they realize they are welcome somewhere:
“[Larry Saxxon] recalled being the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s first black social worker in the 1980s. ‘They said, “there may not be a lot of black clients, Larry,” Saxxon, who’s multi-racial, said. However he said, ‘The word came out, honey, and all of these black queens came flying in from the Tenderloin.'”
Last week’s Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of most of the provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act (popularly known as “Obamacare”) left in place upcoming changes to Medicaid that will particularly help low-income LGBT people.
The new law permits states to expand Medicaid coverage to all Americans under the age of 65 who make less than $15,000 per year (the Supreme Court struck down the provision that would have withheld ALL Medicaid funds from states that refused to do so, making this now a truly optional program). This provision could provide care to an additional 16 million currently uninsured people, including many LGBT people, who on average have less income than non-LGBT people. The provision also extends Medicaid coverage to people living with HIV earlier in the course of the disease, again affecting a disproportionate number of LGBT people.
A blog post on this topic, written by two health policy analysts for LGBT Progress, is available at http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/06/28/508590/how-medicaid-expansion-affects-gay-and-transgender-communities/
ACRIA — AIDS Community Research Initiative of America — will send you 10 free copies of their new brochure, “Let’s Face It: Older Adults Speak About HIV” upon request.
You can order by contacting Elizabeth Dominguez by phone or email at 212-924-3934 X 134 or edominguez [at] acria [dot] org You can also order online at http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1103736366944-37/Brochure+order+form.pdf Additional copies are available for the cost of shipping.
The Administration on Aging (AoA) has rolled out a new set of tools designed to educate both gay and straight older adults about the risks of HIV/AIDS.
The Toolkit, Know the RISKS, Get the FACTS, is available at http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/HPW/HIV_AIDS/toolkit.aspx. Materials include:
While I am delighted to see the much-needed materials and the open inclusion of gay men, the suggestions about how often to get tested address only women and gay men (what’s the recommendation for straight men?) and ignore lesbians altogether. We’ve still got work to do.
All agree that the President’s budget recommendations for Fiscal Year 2013 will go nowhere in this Congress, but the just-released budget does signal the President’s priorities, a goal that was also furthered by the issuance of a fact sheet entitled, “An Economy Built to Last and Security for the LGBT Community.”
It’s certainly not a topic of interest only to LGBT elders, but it does disproportionately affect the gay and bisexual men in our demographic: HIV/AIDS.
The Administration on Aging (AoA) is hosting an online seminar featuring five of our country’s top HIV and aging researchers and practitioners at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Online “spots” are limited, and preregistration is required. For more information and to sign up, go to http://www.aoa.gov/aoaroot/Press_Room/News/2012/2012_01_19.aspx AoA says they’ll make the webinar available for later viewing at http://www.aoa.gov
In time for December 1st’s World AIDS Day, the first-ever clinical treatment strategies for managing older people with HIV were issued. Continue reading
“Intersectionality” is a big term that means something simple: if you belong to more than one minority group, you’re likely to have even more problems than peers who belong to just one of those minority groups. There’s no better example of the results of intersectionality than a new publication issued by the National Black Justice Coalition, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
“Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at Black Respondents in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey,” is a four-page fact sheet that highlights findings from the 381 NTDS respondents who said they were both Black or Black multiracial and transgender. While these respondents were of every age, it is critical to remember that the economic, health, and social problems people have as young and middle-aged adults lay the groundwork for even more economic, health, and social problems in old age. Continue reading
Over its 30-year history, the face of HIV/AIDS has changed. Today more than one-quarter of people living with HIV/AIDS are over age 50. That percentage should hit 50% around 2017. Although many of these people contracted HIV as young adults and are living longer due to improved medications, it is critical to note that about 15% of all new HIV infections occur in people over 50. Older adults – of any sexual orientation or gender identity — are rarely targeted in safer sex and injection efforts.
In honor of the National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging (NRCLA) has launched a new online resource collection related to HIV and LGBT older adults. The whole collection can currently be accessed at http://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources/index.cfm
Highlights of the collection include: