Aging Positively: 3rd Annual HIV and Aging Conference

Posted in: Education, Events
August 24, 2018

Event Contact: JP Allen
Desert AIDS Project
(760) 992-0440

Press Contact: Jack Bunting
Desert AIDS Project
(760) 656-8472

Aging Positively – 3rd Annual HIV and Aging Conference Keynote by amfAR co-founder Dr. Michael Gottlieb

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When:  Tuesday, September 18, 2018 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where:  Joslyn Senior Center  73750 Catalina Way, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Beverages, snacks and lunch will be provided.

RSVP for FREE Shuttle service from Desert AIDS Project Campus or Stonewall Medical Center (Cathedral City) by calling JP Allen (760) 992-0440.

Palm Desert, CA — Aging Positively, the annual Coachella Valley conference aimed at providing practical information as well as inspiration for those aging with HIV, will explore housing, sexual health and dating, and employment strategies. And this year, The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) co-founder Dr. Michael Gottlieb will provide the keynote address.

People with HIV are living longer lives, thanks to advancements in scientific research and medical treatments; about half of HIV positive individuals in the US are age 50 and above. This is in stark contrast to the days when Desert AIDS Project was founded (1984) as well as amfAR (1986), when HIV was a death sentence.

Speaker line-up:

• Moderator: Brad Fuhr, California Oasis Marketing Group and Gay Desert Guide
• Key Note: Dr. Michael Gottlieb, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Olympia Medical Center<
• Senior Housing Options Presented by Path of Life Ministries and Lindsay Sisti, Riverside County Housing Authority
• Sexual Health and Dating by Nina Ruedas, UC Riverside School of Medicine
• Employment Development by Michael Patrick Cohen, Workforce Development Center, Indio

About Dr. Michael Gottlieb

Immunologist Dr. Michael Gottlieb is credited with identifying and describing AIDS as a new syndrome in 1981.  In collaboration with Professor John Fahey he identified the CD-4 T cell deficiency as the hallmark immune system abnormality caused by HIV. This was a groundbreaking step in the journey to identify and fight the HIV virus as we understand it today.

Dr. Gottlieb has been involved with AIDS for the life of the epidemic and remains prominent in HIV treatment research. He was physician to actor Rock Hudson and in 1985 with Miss Elizabeth Taylor and Dr. Krim he founded AmFAR.

He is medical advisor to the board of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and to the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance which works on HIV prevention, treatment and education in Malawi, Africa.

Dr. Gottlieb is in the private practice of HIV medicine in Los Angeles, and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

To find out more about Dr. Gottlieb, please visit:

About The Aging Positively Conference

The Aging Positively Conference is conceived and sponsored by medical and service providers, researchers, community groups, and media groups from the Coachella Valley:

Borrego Health
Desert Arc
Desert AIDS Project
Desert Care Network
Desert Oasis Healthcare
Eisenhower Health
Gay Desert Guide
HIV + Aging Research Project
Jewish Family Service of the Desert
Let’s Kick ASS
The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert (aka The Center)
The Joslyn Center

About Desert AIDS Project 

Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) is a Federally Qualified Health Center in Palm Springs, CA offering D.A.P. Total Care – a combination of medical, dental, counseling, social services, support groups, alternative therapies, in-house pharmacy and lab, and other health and wellness services.  D.A.P.’s sexual health clinic, The DOCK, offers STD testing and treatment, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and free HIV and HCV testing. D.A.P.’s Get Tested Coachella Valley campaign, the nation’s first region-wide HIV testing and access to care initiative, was recognized by the White House for helping to bring about an AIDS-free future.  D.A.P. is rated a “Top 20 HIV Charity” by

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