WISE UP+ Ageing with HIV was a weekend retreat for women aged 45 and over who are living with HIV. The WISE UP+ programme engages with women in all our diversity, in mixed workshops and, through a new strategy initiated in 2019, in age-specific groups focused on shared issues at different life stages. WISE UP+ Ageing with HIV was the first workshop delivered within this strategy.

Download WISE UP+ Ageing with HIV workshop report

Sessions at this workshop included:

  • Recent research updates on ageing with HIV
  • Managing menopause, co-morbidities and HIV
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Addressing loneliness and isolation
  • Priorities for developing a support group for women in the menopause
  • Co-developing patient and clinician resources on HIV and menopause
  • Developing an advocacy agenda for older women living with HIV

The workshop was funded by an educational grant from Gilead Sciences Ltd and hosted at the offices of Terrence Higgins Trust. The workshop content, lead facilitation, and evaluation were delivered by Jacqui Stevenson, with support from Sophia Forum trustees.

Workshop Objectives:

  • To alleviate isolation for older women living with HIV, creating a safe space for women to share their lived experience, creating bonding and friendship.
  • To create a space for women to learn about recent research findings specifically relating to ageing with HIV, the menopause, and co-morbidities.
  • To better understand the diverse needs of women reaching middle age and beyond to help inform commissioning with a gendered lens.
  • To develop an advocacy agenda that can be implemented into direct action beyond the weekend retreat.
  • To provide women with tools to look after their health and wellbeing beyond biomedical interventions.