New England AIDS Education and Training Center to co-sponsor 12th annual National Conference on HIV/AIDS & Aging

September 13, 2016

UMass Medical School’s  New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEAETC) is co-sponsoring the 12th annual National Conference on HIV/AIDS & Aging Sept. 23 at Florian Hall, Dorchester, to raise awareness of how HIV affects older adults as medical advances enable people to live longer with the disease.

“We have made many wonderful strides in the fields of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, however, as people live long with HIV there is an immediate need to focus on these areas specifically with regard to the aging/older population. This is especially true around topics such as HIV prevention as well as the understanding of the HIV virus and its treatments and their impact on older adults,” said Vanessa Sasso, MSW, senior project director at NEAETC, a program within UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division.

The conference, co-sponsored with the New England Association on HIV Over Fifty (NEAHOF), will focus on such issues as prevention, testing, care, treatment and stigma. It commemorates National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, which is observed every year on Sept. 18.

Lenny Alberts, MD, acting president of NEAHOF, will give the opening remarks at 8:45 a.m.

Other speakers are:

  • Dawn Fukuda, ScM, director of the Office of HIV/AIDS at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, who will discuss Setting the Stage & Continuum, 9 a.m.
  • Paul Sax, MD, clinical director of Infectious Disease & HIV at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, who will give an HIV & Aging Update, 9:15 a.m.
  • Arthur Kim, MD, director of the Viral Hepatitis Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital, who will talk about Hepatitis and Aging, 9:45 a.m.
  • Robert Greenwald, JD, director of the Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School, who will discuss The Hepatitis Movement, 11 a.m.
  • Maggie Beiser, NP, of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, who will talk about HIV and Aging in the Homeless Population, 11:30 a.m.
  • Kristen Porter, MD, postdoctoral fellow at ACRIA, who will give a talk about Mental Health & Aging, 1:15 p.m.
  • Joe Wright, MD, AAHIVS, who will discuss Issues of Substance Use and HIV in Aging Population, 1:45 p.m.

NEAETC is one of eight regional centers and four national centers funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources & Services Administration. It has received continuous funding since it was established at UMass Medical School in 1988.