Researchers, advocates and long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS will come together for the Aging Positively — Reunion Project 6th annual HIV conference next month. This year’s event will be held virtually from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, Sept. 18.
The conference is free and open to the public. It is presented by Eisenhower Health and is a collaboration between local providers and organizations focused on improving the shared experience of older adults living with HIV, including DAP Health and the HIV + Aging Research Project-Palm Springs.
Singer and songwriter Andy Bell of the synthpop band Erasure, formed in 1985, will be the keynote speaker.
Topics and speakers include:
- “Honoring Our Experience” with Gregg Cassin, HIV survivor and professional speaker.
- “KeeLee Meditation” with Dr. Daniel Lee, from the Owen Clinic at the University of California, San Diego
- “HIV & The Media” with Karl Schmid, entertainment reporter for ABC7 LA, who is HIV positive.
- Caregiving with Perry Wiggins from The Center, end-of-life doula Alex Snell, and Richard Bass from PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors)
- “Let’s Kick ASS” with Brian DeVries, who will speak about sustaining and making new friendships late in life
HIV research update panel:
- Borrego Health: Valerio Iovino, i-Care
- DAP Health: Dr. Tulika Singh
- Eisenhower Health: Dr. Ken Lichtenstein
- Palmtree: Dr. Carlos Martinez
- HIV+ Aging Research Project-Palm Springs (HARP-PS): Jeff Taylor
In-person elements may be announced later, according to organizers.
Maria Sestito covers issues of aging in the Coachella Valley. She is also a Report for America corps member. Follow her on Twitter @RiaSestito, on Instagram @RiaSestito_Reporter or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.