HIV and Aging

Abstract:

This mixed methods research project will utilize a cross-sectional survey and a qualitative interview to explore the ways in which individual psychological, developmental, and contextual processes impact HIV-positive men over 50's lived experiences, risk behaviors, life perspectives and journeys. Study aims are to (1) determine the antecedents of and associations between illicit substance use, sexual risk taking, and cognitive ability among illicit drug users and non illicit drug users, (2) explore the resiliencies or adaptive behaviors utilized in this population, and (3) develop a qualitative understanding of the aging process and related quality-of-life issues among these HIV-positive men ages 50 and over.