The Resilience Models of Long Term Survivors: Aging & HIV

Session Summary:

Hearing the medical and emotional journey of Long Term Survivors is key to developing models and strategies that work.  There are biopsychosocial effects of thriving with HIV, Avoidance behaviors from practitioners, depression, substance use, weak social support structure impact the outcome of functional status and quality of care. There is a dire need to better understand and address the experience of Black MSM as they age. The socio-cultural constructs and intersections of HIV stigma, aging and spirituality are compounded by race. We have clinical models that drive higher stand and quality of care that directly impact health outcomes for LTS. Some Models include Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, Patient centric healthcare service delivery model and Anderson’s Behavioral Model. There are still gaps in service that have been in adequately addressed such as obstacles in adherence, social support, harm reduction and clinical efficacy of social determinants of health.

Learning Objectives:

          • Discuss the importance of Doctor/Patient relationship
          • Understand the impacts of survivor’s guilt and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on LTS
          • Discuss therapeutic models that can be used to increase resilience for LTS
          • Describe client-centered care that emphasized function in daily activities and quality of life
          • Identify at least three critical challenges faced by aging Black MSM
          • Describe strategies to integrate lived experiences of HIV stigma and the use of spirituality for Black men aging with HIV


          • Nicole Villegas, Our House / Whole Systems Healthcare
          • Gregory Gore, Community Consultant

Sexual Health Frameworks Across Generations

Session Summary:

Older LGBT adults are often overlooked when it comes to candid conversations around sexual wellness and HIV/STI prevention. This interactive series of presentations will explore techniques of talking about HIV/STI prevention to generations who have “heard it all before,” and learn how to validate the experiences of an older adult. SAGE’s Super Sex Workshops are designed to facilitate conversations between panel of professionals and LGBT older adult participants. The National Black Leadership Commission champions the  promotion of health and reduction of disparities for black youth across New York State. With the increasing rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis among high risk youth of color aged 12-24 the utilization of “Real Talk” adult co-facilitated programs are part of this framework.

Learning Objectives:

          • Describe ways to validate the sexual experience of older adults in sexual health conversations
          • Understand knowledge disparities of sexual health in Black and Latino youth in NYS


          • Bill Gross, SAGE
          • Debora Robinson, Nat’l Black Leadership Commission on Health
          • Melissa Baker, Nat’l Black Leadership Commission on Health
          • TJ Smith, Alliance for Positive Health
          • Andrew Ruffner, World AIDS Museum and Educational Center
          • Aida Ramon, Florida International University