The Silver Zone: A Networking Zone for Older People Living with HIV at AIDS 2024

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EATG and Realize are co-organising “The Silver Zone: A Networking Zone for Older People Living with HIV” in the Global Village at the 25th International AIDS Conference (22 July – 26 July 2024) in Munich, Germany.




Globally, the face of HIV is an ageing one. Although in supportive systems people are living longer with access to effective treatments, many older adults living with HIV and HIV Long-Term Survivors are coping with the lasting impact of untreated HIV, age-related comorbidities and loss. Many feel isolated and uncertain about the future.


The Silver Zone is a place for older people living with HIV to re-engage with the HIV community and follow the science on HIV and ageing; to feel included and celebrated.


The Silver Zone’s objectives are:


  • Holding space for socialisation and mobilisation by older people living with HIV, increasing their visibility and building social capital;
  • Increasing awareness of the strengths, support needs and experiences of diverse Older People Living with HIV and building capacity among stakeholders who can support ageing well; and
  • Increasing health literacy and capacity for self- and community-care among Older People Living with HIV.





Our agenda features in-person and pre-recorded activities:


  • Networking for Older People Living with HIV to share experiences, challenges, and strategies for ageing well.
  • Intergenerational dialogues, building understanding and respect among people living with HIV of all ages, and support the next generation of researchers, advocates, and clinicians in applying a life course perspective.
  • Panel discussions addressing evidence and implementation gaps that persist in various communities of Older People Living with HIV, impeding their full inclusion.
  • Speakers presenting evidence, garnered through lived experience and research, on preventing comorbidities and factors affecting comprehensive well-being for Older People Living with HIV.
  • Empowering affirmation through display of art projects, film screenings and storytelling that highlight the intersections of HIV and ageing.
  • Translate lessons learned into recommendations to improve equity and quality of life for Older People Living with HIV.



Check this space for the latest updates of The Silver Zone programme


Sunday, 21 July 2024 (10:30-18:00)

TimeType of activity TitleOrganisationCountrySpeakers
12:45-13:30ScreeningStigma-Free: For the Mental Health and Wellness of People Living with and Affected by HIVEATGBelgiumEATG
13:30- 15:00ScreeningThe Sitges Meetings: What We Wanted was What We NeededEATGBelgiumEATG
15:00-15:30Break / Networking Zone
15:30-16:30Screening of Comorbidities of Elderly Living with HIV & Reduced Morbidity due to Chronic DiseasesAssociation of Active and Supportive Women (AFASO)CameroonAma Delphine Willy
The Science Behind HIV & AgeingUTOPIA_BXLBelgiumAxel Vanderperre


Monday, 22 July 2024 (10:30-17:00)

TimeType of activityTitleOrganisationCountrySpeakers
11:00-12:00Let’s Talk About It: Addressing the Sexual Health and HIV Prevention Needs of Older PeopleRibbon Organizing Center for HIV and Aging & Realize Canada


USA/CanadaVanessa Johnson and Sunny Wang
12:00-12:30 HIV Treatment WorldwideDiscordant Couples Support groupZimbabweJohannes John
12:30-13:00Addressing Health and Social Care Needs of Older People with HIV Suffering from Mental Health Disorders in Georgia and the Eastern European and Central Asian regionPartnership for Research and Action for HealthGeorgiaMamuka Djibuti
13:00-13:30Break / Networking Zone
13:30-14:30“Session Quality of Life”Quality-of-life Measures for People Living with HIV over 50NMACUSAHarold Phillips & Damián Cabrera
Developing an Evidence-based, Multidimensional and Inclusive Framework to Promote Healthy Cognitive Ageing among People Living With HIVNeuroHIV Ageing Advocacy GroupUKJaime Vera
Navigating the Intersections of Ageing and HIV: Challenges in Nursing Care and other Health Care ProvidersCanadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care


CanadaHatem Laroussi

(co-authors:Georgia Dewart & Craig Phillips)

14:30-15:30Break / Networking Zone
15:30-16:30“Session Stigma”European Stigma Survey Results with a Focus on HIV-related Stigma in Healthcare SettingsEATG/ECDCEUTeymur Nori
Self-advocacy by People with HIV/AIDSNational Union of Organisations of People Affected by HIV/AIDS (UNOPA)RomaniaBogdan-Adrian Trandafir
Stigma with Old Age and HIVUniversity for Development StudiesGhanaJoyce Kyerewaa Ahenkorah

Tuesday, 23 July 2024 (10:30-18:00)

TimeType of activityTitleOrganisationCountrySpeakers






“Session End of Life”








We Have Forgotten about Death: End of Life Narratives amongst Older and Ageing Women Living with HIVUK-CABUKNicoletta Policek
Leaving No One Behind: Is Fear of Ageing without Adequate Preparedness and Support Real for People Living with HIV?Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSWAustraliaLimin Mao
12:00-12:45Care Needs of People Ageing with HIVInternational Labour OrganizationSwitzerlandSyed Mohammad Afsar
12:15-12:50This activity takes place at the Youth PavillionPleased to Meet You! Facilitated Intergenerational NetworkingMunich Youth Force / Silver ZoneN/AN/A
12:30-13:30Break / Networking Zone
13:30-15:30“Session Models of Care”Models of Care for People Ageing with HIV: Experience from the SAGE ClinicRoyal Free HospitalUKTristan Barber & Howell Jones
Integrating Geriatrics Expertise into HIV Primary CareBoston Medical CenterUSAArchana Asundi
Optimising Healthcare and Social Services for Older Adults Living with HIVZimbabwe National Network of PLHIV (ZNNP+)ZimbabweTariro Kutadza
15:30-16:00Break / Networking Zone
16:00-17:30WorkshopSewing our Stories of U=U TogetherLatinos PositivosTkaronto, Turtle IslandSamuel Kwawitchin López


Wednesday, 24 July 2024 (10:30-18:00)

TimeType of activityTitleOrganisationCountrySpeakers
11:00-12:00Panel discussion + receptionHIV Outcomes Initiative: Fostering Change in Policy and Clinical Practice in EuropeHIV OutcomesBelgiumCaroline Sabin 

James Cole 

Nicoletta Policek 

Mario Cascio &

Magdalena Ankiersztejn-Bartczak 

12:00-13:00Intergenerational dialogueBridging Generations: A Panel Discussion on Health and IntersectionalityMunich Youth Force & Silver ZoneN/ATBC
13:00-13:30Break / Networking Zone
14:00-15:30“Session Policy, Advocacy”People First HIV/Ageing Bootcamp: Igniting Change and Unlocking Vital Tricks of the TradeSAGEUSATerri Wilder & Malcolm Reid
The Silver Zone at AIDS 2022 and the Development of the Glasgow ManifestoEATG &




Mario Cascio & Kate Murzin
15:30-16:00Break / Networking Zone
15:30-16:30WorkshopMindful Living: Techniques for Stress Reduction and Emotional BalanceEATGUKLouise Vallace
16:30-17:30Life Course Realities of Senior People Living with HIV in CanadaCanadian Positive People NetworkCanadaDeborah Norris & Gord Asmus


Thursday, 25 July 2024 (10:30-18:00)

TimeType of activityTitleOrganisationCountrySpeakers
11:00-12:30HIV in Motion: Challenges of Ageing People Living with HIV and Focuses on a Positive Approach to Address ThemViiV HealthcareEUProf Giovanni Guaraldi

Prof Georg Behrens

Prof Burkhard Weisser

Mario Cascio &

Karolina Kreis 

12:30-13:30Break / Networking Zone
13:30-14:30“Session Migrants, Peer Connection, & Online tools”Quality in an Ageing Life: Health Promotion and Peer ConnectionLiving Positive VictoriaAustraliaVic Perri
HIV and the IMMIGRANT: Power of Storytelling Against Stigma and DiscriminationHIV LONG TERM SURVIVORS International NetworkUSAJesus Guillen
15:00-15:30Break / Networking Zone
15:30-16:15Dialogue with Older People Living with HIV, Including Faith Leaders with HIV, UNAIDS, and OtherWorld Council of Churches in partnership with the Interfaith Health PlatformThe NetherlandsChristo Greyling & Ross Gracia
16:15-17:00Break / Networking Zone










With support from:



In partnership with:

Black Women’s Learning Institute

Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (CANAC ACIIS)

Kuala Lumpur AIDS Support Services Society (KLASS)

National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project (NATAP)


Portail VIH/Sida du Québec



Zimbabwe National Network of People Living with HIV+ (ZNNP+)


The Silver Zone at AIDS 2024 was made possible through sponsorship from Gilead Sciences Europe Ltd., Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD) and ViiV Healthcare Europe Ltd. 

Practical Information

  • The Silver Zone: A Networking Zone for Older People Living with HIV at AIDS 2024: Date: 21 July – 25 July 2024
    (Opening Time: 10:30 CET)

    Venue: CS01 Networking Zone at the Global Village (Messe München)

    Am Messesee 2, 81829 München, Germany

    The Global Village, with free entry, opens its doors on Sunday, 21 July, welcoming the public and conference delegates. The Global Village is a diverse and vibrant space where communities from all over the world connect, share and learn from each other. Here, communities demonstrate the application of science and good leadership.

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