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AIDSWatch World AIDS Day Project

AIDSWatch is a television broadcast created by David Reid in  1996 in Los Angeles  for World AIDS Day. Eighteen years later, the project continues to honor those  lost to HIV/AIDS by broadcasting for 24 hours names of those lost to HIV/AIDS that  have been submitted to the project’s  website. Click here to see Reid speak to the Los Angeles City Council about how AIDSWatch started  and has grown into what it is today.

The City of West    Hollywood has dedicated a cable TV channel each year  for the entire 24-hour program. Website technology improvements have now made  it possible for the program to break the bounds of cable TV and go worldwide  via the Internet.

AIDSWatch needs your help, however. When a viewer logs on, they  see a name for a brief three and a half seconds and each year Reid appeals for  submissions of more names. In the past, names have been repeated in order to  fill the 24 hours, though the ultimate goal is to fill the whole time with  unique names. AIDSWatch was created as a memorial to those lost and a reminder  that the epidemic is still claiming lives worldwide.

To add a name or learn more, go to the AIDSWatch website.



Stress, Isolation Take Higher Toll on HIV-Positive People Under 50

Case Western Reserve University researchers were surprised to learn that HIV-positive people younger than 50 years old feel more isolated and stressed than older people with the disease, ScienceDaily reports. The findings were published in the journal AIDS Care in October.

The research group studied 102 men and women recruited between 2011-12 from HIV-related clinics, service organizations, and a registry of individuals with HIV. They focused on associations between stress, age, and social isolation. Participants ranged from 18 to 64 years old. The groups were divided into younger than 50 and over 50, an age cut-off frequently used by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) in HIV/AIDS data.

The average participant in this study was African American, 48 years old, who had managed HIV for nearly 14 years and had low income. This is generally reflective of the Midwest population with HIV/AIDS that also includes more females, primarily African American, and heterosexual women.

Researchers found that those under 50 felt more disconnected from family and friends than older people. “The younger, newly diagnosed individual may not know anyone in their peer group with a chronic illness, much less HIV,” said Allison Webel, PhD, RN, assistant professor at Case Western Reserve’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Stigma was a major contributor, Webel said, because younger people don’t as easily identify with having to battle a chronic illness. They may also feel blamed by others for their illness and avoid people because they are sick.

Generally, those living with HIV experience higher stress levels, according to Webel. The study’s participants reported feeling 30 – 40% more stress than HIV-negative populations. Women with HIV were especially susceptible to stress, and older people reported less stress than their younger counterparts. Webel attributed the women’s stress to such factors as the added pressures of single motherhood, poverty and low-wage employment. She also said the over-50 group, which was less stressed, had developed social networks over the years that they could rely on for support, such as getting rides to doctor’s appointments.

The study countered previous research that suggested older people with HIV have increasingly limited and fragile relationships with their friends. Webel also found that many older individuals who had lived with HIV for a longer time were willing to help the younger group learn how to manage the illness.

The researchers concluded that the younger group needs interventions with multiple approaches from health care, social services, and counseling for coping with the HIV-related stress and social isolation.