Practices and Policies Guide: Aging with HIV
The purpose of this Guide is to encourage inclusive and tolerant long-term care environments for persons who are aging with HIV. Program staff received initial input from community partners and worked with identified stakeholders to develop the Guide. It is our intent that this Guide be distributed widely to all long-term care communities, shelters, and other community organizations, as well as HIV, senior, and legal service providers throughout Florida. We hope this guide will expand and evolve over time, and includes suggested practices and policies with real-life examples about how a long-term care community can be welcoming of, and reduce stigma for, residents who are aging with HIV.
While the focus and scope of the Guide is “Aging with HIV,” because of the significant impact of HIV on the LGBTQ+ community, also included within is a compilation of resources created and made available by other organizations, such as guides focusing on policies and procedures for LGBTQ-friendly communities and national resources that extend beyond Florida.
Legal Aid’s development of a “Practices and Policies Guide” was an activity of Legal Aid’s HIV Age Positively Legal Advocacy Program, funded through Phase 1 of Gilead Sciences HIV Age Positively initiative in 2019 through 2021.