We conduct and publish original research that provides deeper understandings of our communities, driving forward innovations in health, substance use treatment and HIV prevention. We partner with researchers both locally and nationally to address gaps in knowledge regarding how HIV affects our communities.
In 2018, San Francisco AIDS Foundation programs including the Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network, TransLife and Latino Programs recruited participants in collaboration with ACRIA for the ROAH Study. The ROAH study examined the health and wellness of older adults living with HIV in our community, and found that the majority of people described their physical health as excellent or good, nearly all participants were receiving antiretroviral therapy, and over 90% reported having an undetectable viral load.
However, 41% reported their health as fair, poor or very poor, and many participants said their work or social lives were hampered by their health. Of great concern were mental health and wellbeing outcomes: 38% had moderate to very severe depression and 35% exhibited symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Other key areas of concern were high rates of loneliness and high rates of people reporting that they struggle with high housing cost and hunger. The foundation’s Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network works to address social isolation and as many other needs as possible within this community.