Due to better treatment and care, people diagnosed with HIV today have similar life expectancy as people who do not have the virus.

This is a truly great achievement that shows how far we have come since HIV/AIDS first became widely known in the 1980s.

However as the HIV population ages, healthcare and aged care facilities will have to cope with increased demand for services for HIV positive people.

Caring for older people living with HIV/AIDS raises a new set of challenges. Illnesses we expected to see only in older people may be seen in younger people with HIV. People growing old with HIV will need special medical care and other services.

Health Professionals who work in the Aged Care sector will play a crucial role in helping preserve and protect the health of older people living with infections.

So it is important you contribute to a new survey being conducted by ASHM, the peak organisation of Health Professionals who work in HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections (STIs).

The results of the survey will be used to develop a new resource specifically designed to inform and educate people working in the sector.

While the survey is directed mainly at aged care workers and personal care workers, anyone working in aged care is welcome to participate.

>> Please complete the survey by the end of February 2014

>> Further information – www.ashm.org.au