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John McCullagh interviews Lisa Power on HIV and aging

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 Author // John McCullagh - Publisher Categories // Aging, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Conferences, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, John McCullagh, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

What should service providers be doing differently to help people living with HIV stay healthy and active into old age? At the recent OHTN Research Conference in Toronto, John McCullagh put this question to Lisa Power of the UK’s Terrence Higgins Trust

John McCullagh interviews Lisa Power on HIV and aging

Thanks to ART, those of us with HIV are now living much longer. But aging with HIV is not without its challenges. In addition to the normal aging process, people aging with HIV face complications associated with the virus, side effects of treatment and high rates of comorbidities with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, renal disease, arthritis and osteoporosis. And often we experience social isolation and financial challenges as well. 

So what should service providers be doing differently to help people stay healthy and active into old age? I put this question to Lisa Power, policy director at the Terrence Higgins Trust,  the UK’s oldest and largest AIDS service organization. Lisa was in Toronto recently to participate in a panel discussion at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network’s annual Research Conference that discussed some of the strategies to support HIV-positive people as we age. 

You can see my interview with Lisa in the video clip below. You can also view Lisa's conference presentation itself, and indeed that of other members of the panel, here.

About the Author

John McCullagh - Publisher

John McCullagh - Publisher

John McCullagh is the publisher of PositiveLite.com. He's an HIV-positive gay man who’s been active in Toronto's LGBTQ community since immigrating to Canada from his native Britain in 1975. A social worker by profession, he's worked in government and the not-for-profit sector in both front-line and management positions. His experience includes research, policy analysis, strategic planning, program development, project management, and communications.  

In the early years of the AIDS epidemic, John was a counsellor at the Toronto Counselling Centre for Lesbians and Gays (now known as David Kelley Services), an organization he co-founded and which was one of the first agencies in Toronto to offer professional counselling to those infected with and affected by HIV. 

Now retired, John volunteers with the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and is a board member of CATIE, Canada’s national HIV and Hepatitis C knowledge broker.  

John regularly contributes articles to PositiveLite.com about his personal experiences of living with HIV and about issues relevant to Canada's HIV and LGBTQ communities.

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