Palm Springs, CA, is a retirement community with the highest prevalence of gay men living with HIV older than 50 years in the United States. Through a community–academic partnership, we explored the major health issues, resiliencies, and priority research topics related to HIV and aging. We conducted five community facilitated focus groups with different stakeholders, including two focus groups with older adults living with HIV, one with their caregivers, one with HIV-focused community-based organizations, and a joint focus group with researchers and HIV care providers. Using the rigorous and accelerated data reduction technique, five major themes emerged, which included long-term side effects of medication, social determinants of health, mental health, resiliencies, and involving community in research. These data are important for developing effective interventions, conducting useful and impactful research, and providing health care providers with the tools and knowledge to provide optimal care.
Brandon Brown, MPH, PhD, is Associate Professor, Department of Social Medicine, Population, and Public Health, Center for Healthy Communities, School of Medicine, University of California Riverside, Riverside, California, USA. Logan Marg, MA, is a Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of California Riverside, Riverside, California, USA. Alejandra Cabral, MPH, is a Doctoral Student, Department of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA. Michelle Didero, BS, is a Medical Student, University of California Los Angeles, School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, USA. Christopher Christensen, is the Study Coordinator for the HIV and Aging Research Project-Palm Springs (HARP-PS), Palm Springs, California, USA. Jeff Taylor, BA, is the Executive Director of HARP-PS, Palm Springs, California, USA. Andrew Subica, PhD, is Assistant Professor, Department of Social Medicine, Population, and Public Health, Center for Healthy Communities, School of Medicine, University of California Riverside, Riverside, California, USA.
Corresponding author: Brandon Brown, e-mail: Brandon.firstname.lastname@example.org
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