A positive

Key Focus Areas

To make the greatest possible difference to the lives of people ageing with HIV, the HIV Age Positively programme is underpinned by four key focus areas. These are defined as the areas in which the greatest strides must be made to ensure continued progress.

The focus areas were identified as key challenges based on existing evidence and literature, feedback from the community, and Gilead’s expertise in HIV and ageing.

They form the basis of debates and workshops held with our Future Thinkers, and discussions and presentations at the annual conference. Applications for grant funding should also highlight how programmes will address these challenges.

+ Community Action

We know the importance of the community perspective when it comes to planning and implementing HIV care. +Community Action aims to ensure the voices of people living with HIV are heard in decision making at a national or local level. This includes ensuring people living with HIV are able to develop and influence new and existing models for long-term care. It also includes educating non-HIV specialists about the challenges of HIV and ageing.

+ Personal health

There is good evidence to show when individuals are engaged in their own care we see an improvement in their clinical outcomes. This is particularly important to address the issue of social isolation, associated with ageing and HIV alike. +Personal Health aims to empower individuals to manage their overall health and wellbeing, and to take an active role in their care through shared decision-making.

+ Equality

Health inequalities and stigma disproportionately affect people living with HIV and can result in poorer long-term health outcomes. +Equality aims to improve equality and equity, and reduce stigma and enhance health and wellbeing.

+ Health Services

Health services must be both efficient and effective in order to meet the diverse needs of the ageing HIV population. +Health Services aims to address inefficiencies, promote the sharing of specialist knowledge, and champion best practice in current and new HIV care services at a local, regional and national level.