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Dec17

Older HIV patients “need more support”

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Editor Categories // Aging, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy

Editor Bob Leahy chats on video about HIV, aging, being gay and healthcare challenges for University of Ontario students

Older HIV patients “need more support”

 “But time makes you bolder 

 Even children get older

 And I'm getting older too”

Landslide, Fleetwood Mac

Earlier this month, in response to a request, I went to the University of Ontario campus in Oshawa, Ontario to record a video interview centered around myself talking about HIV and aging issues.

Said the request “I am developing a new online course called "Perspectives in Aging" here at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Here's an overall description of it: "This course integrates perspectives on the physiology, psychology, epidemiology and sociology of aging and its implications for Canadian society and the Canadian Health care system. Several of the key health issues associated with aging are discussed from the perspective of the physical, cognitive and psychological changes accompanying the aging process and the effect that this has on individuals, families and communities."

I would like to provide the students with unique aging healthcare perspectives. I was hoping you would be willing to chat about your experiences as a person living with HIV i.e. how HIV prematurely ages the body. I also believe your perspectives as an older gay man would also be of interest - especially your past and present interactions with health care providers. I feel this would be a good perspective for the students to hear - these will be future healthcare professionals.”

As it happened the chat lasted forty-two minutes. My interviewer, Mika L. Nonoyama RRT, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ontario Institute of Technology was adept at honing in on most of the issues we talk about amongst ourselves. As a result the conversation is a bit like a primer in all things HIV and Aging, from a personal rather than a clinical perspective.  I hope you like it.

Special thanks to Shannon Everett, Multimedia Developer, Teaching & Learning Centre. University of Ontario Institute of Technology for the video filming and editing. 

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