PANEL DISCUSSION: Sexualities and Ageing: The Case of Cyprus

London, United Kingdom

13 November 2017

Speakers:

Professor Constantinos N. Phellas
Vice Rector for Faculty & Research, University of Nicosia; Visiting Professor, Hellenic Observatory, LSE

 

Joanne Bowring
Research Officer, Terrence Higgins Trust

Chair & Discussant:

Dr Timothy Hildebrandt
Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Policy, LSE

Date:

Monday 13 November 2017

Venue:

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Time:18.30-20.00Ticket Information Free and Open to All
No ticket is required. Entry is on a first come-first served basis.

This event is organised by the Hellenic Observatory and the Department of Social Policy, LSE.

*** Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSECyprus

Abstract

This talk will explore the social and psychological needs of people aged 50 or over living with HIV/AIDS and present the findings from a comparative study between the UK and Cyprus. 

It is difficult to determine rates of HIV infection among older adults, as very few persons over the age of 50 at risk for HIV routinely get tested. Older adults are first diagnosed with HIV at a late stage of infection-when they seek treatment for an HIV-related illness. Cases among older people may be under reported, as HIV symptoms and often mistaken for ageing problems. Older adults need support and education to ensure that their lives over 50 are as rewarding and safe as before 50. Adults over 50 are an especially important group to target with health prevention messages, both for their own risk behaviors, and for their role as leaders and teachers of younger generations.  The challenges of providing care to people living with HIV- both for traditional and nontraditional caregivers - require considerable and support and assistance. HIV/AIDS Service Organization, LGBT community centers, and other community - based organizations should address these challenges through programming that supports caregivers for people living with HIV/AIDS.



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