Living with HIV presents certain challenges, no matter what your age, but older adults living with HIV may experience more complex issues than their younger counterparts, including greater social isolation and loneliness. Negative stigma may affect their quality of life, self-image and behaviors and may even prevent them from disclosing their HIV status or from seeking essential treatment. To understand the behavioral and social aspects of those living with HIV, we try to bring dynamic programs to improve and impact behaviors for those living with HIV.
We firmly believe that education is an important and effective component to prevent the spread of HIV and reduce the social and economic vulnerabilities that often result in adults living with HIV ignoring their health.
Education is also crucial for increasing HIV risk awareness among adults that are at low risk for contracting HIV. (Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work).
Education also boosts earlier diagnosis. Among adults 55 and older who received an HIV diagnosis in 2015, fifty percent, 50%, lived with HIV for 4.5 years before their diagnosis, the longest diagnosis delay for any age group per the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Lastly, we staunchly believe that education promotes gender equality and women's empowerment.