AIDS 2014: ASHM releases new resource on Australia’s aging HIV population
The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) has released a new resource for people working in aged care to deliver practical advice on how to provide support and care for people living with HIV that are entering aged care facilities.
ASHM’s Senior Project Officer Karen Seager said given the advances in treatment, the life expectancy of people living with HIV had greatly improved since the early years of the pandemic. Many of these people were now entering aged care services.
“There has been clear and strong support from the aged care sector for a resource on HIV and ageing,” said Seager, who created the resource.
According to Seager, a survey conducted by ASHM found that 68 per cent of respondents, representing a cross-section of the aged care sector, had never had any training on HIV.
“More than 80 per cent of our respondents wanted to know how the HIV virus affected the ageing process,” said Karen.
The 12-page booklet offers practical, plain English information and advice so that aged care workers can arm themselves with the knowledge they need to deliver quality care to people living with HIV.
The booklet, which was created in collaboration with the aged care workforce and funded by the Department of Health, contains information about:
The Simple Facts about HIV
Who has HIV?
Treatments for HIV
Infection prevention and control in the workplace
How HIV affects the ageing process
Stigma and discrimination
Residents’ Legal Rights and Responsibilities
The booklet is available as both a PDF download at www.ashm.org.au/publications