President Joe Biden’s HIV / AIDS strategy puts a new emphasis on older Americans


WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will unveil his strategy for fighting HIV / AIDS on Wednesday, which, among other changes, will see a new focus on the growing population of people with aging HIV.

More than half of the 1.2 million people in the United States living with HIV are over the age of 50.

The project identifies racism as a serious health threat, extending its focus on addressing issues such as homelessness that fight HIV / AIDS and promoting the reform of the state’s HIV criminalization laws.

These are just some of the changes the White House has described before Biden’s remarks marking World AIDS Day.

As in previous years, a giant red ribbon is hung in the White House’s north portico.

At a midday event, Biden outlines his national HIV / AIDS strategy and talks about ensuring that people with HIV are treated with equality and dignity, according to a senior administration official who reviewed statements on the condition of anonymity.

“We are within our reach to end the HIV epidemic and we are committed to completing this work,” Biden said in a statement announcing Wednesday as World AIDS Day.

More than 36 million people, including 700,000 Americans, have died of AIDS-related illness since the first case of AIDS was reported 40 years ago.

Although modern HIV treatment has allowed infected people to live longer, older Americans with HIV / AIDS have increased the need for services. This includes age-related health and psycho-social needs, according to the administration.

For example, the project calls for increasing HIV awareness among providers of aging services, housing for older adults, substance use treatment and disability and other medical services.

Age-related complications, such as cardiovascular disease, lung disease, cancer, and other diseases, are more common in people living with HIV over the age of 50 than those of the same age without HIV.

Long-term survivors of HIV experience social isolation, loneliness, and lack of social support, as well as HIV and age-related stigma.

For all people of all ages with HIV, the administration wants to take a more coordinated and integrated approach across federal agencies. For example, it can help address issues such as food insecurity and housing instability, which can put people at risk for HIV and interfere with treatment.

In Biden’s 2022 budget request, Congress asked for $ 20 million in funding for housing and support services for low-income people with HIV.

The administration hopes to engage the private sector in new ways, such as using social media to combat misinformation and stigma around HIV.

Maureen Grope has covered Washington for nearly three decades and is now a White House correspondent. Follow her on Twitter @mgroppe.

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