Thirty Years On: HIV, Gay Men & MSM and Ageing

Presentation Type: Oral
Conference Stream: Ageing and Aged Care
Presenter: Lizzi Craig
Presentation Title: Thirty Years On: HIV, Gay Men & MSM and Ageing
Room: Fitzroy
Program schedule: Friday 14 August 2015 at 14:40
Duration: 20 mins


The Positive Living Centre is part of the Victorian AIDS Council and is a vibrant and safe environment for all people living with HIV. The majority of those who use the service would identify as LGBTI. The PLC’s main aim is to enhance the health and well-being of HIV positive people, through the provision of social, emotional, recreational, and skills-based services and activities.

The PLC offers a unique opportunity to listen to the stories of the clients who attend the centre. It has been interesting to note that many of them share similar experiences of ageing and being part of the LGBTI community and living with HIV. Many of these points can be linked to research such as that undertaken by Charles Emlet.

Narratives are a powerful tool in identifying issues and common trends; and this session will demonstrate the strengths of client’s resilience through their lived experience portrayed in four snap shots of their journeys.

Expected Outcomes:

· An appreciation of the variety of issues faced by the ageing population of LGBTI and those people living with HIV.

· An understanding of the importance of identifying the resilience’s and strengths of clients and using these as a foundation for working with them for improved health outcomes.

· How the community sector can respond in a collaborative manner.

Presentation slides (PDF)