CNTN researchers David J. Moore, Ph.D. and Ronald Ellis, M.D., Ph.D. recently spoke at a summit held in Palm Springs by The Reunion Project, a group composed of long-term survivors of HIV created to share their stories of loss and survival.  Drs. Moore and Ellis presented findings on the combined impact of HIV and aging.

Other speakers at the summit included: Jeff Berry, Editor of Positively Aware; Jeff Taylor of the Positive Life Series; Daniel Cardone, Director of the film “Desert Migration”; Dr. Rick Loftus on the HIV and aging Project GRACIE; Greg Cassin; activist, Phil Curtis of AIDS Project Los Angeles; Chris Brown from the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, Dr. Ron Stahl on resilience and HIV long term survivors; Nick Nicholas on coping strategies and Dr. Jill Glover of the LGBT Center in Palm Springs who will speak about the local Palm Springs community.

The event also aims to honor the past, identify and develop successful strategies for living, and having people support each other as they age. As the population of people living with HIV/AIDS continues to age (it’s estimated that 50% of people living with HIV/AIDS are now over the age of 50), advocacy and training needs to occur to ensure that policy makers and providers are able to effectively address issues such as mental health, housing, and economic and financial hardship in this unique group.

The summit was co-sponsored by Test Positive Aware Network in Chicago and its national HIV treatment magazine Positively Aware, Positive Life Jewish Family Service of the Desert in Palm Springs, and supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb. The Reunion Project was co-organized by Jeff Berry; Editor of Positively Aware along with treatment educators and activists Matt Sharp and Gregg Cassin from San Francisco, and Jeff Taylor from Palm Springs.

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