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Panel Discussion

Sexualities and Ageing: The Case of Cyprus

Speakers :

Constantinos N. Phellas
Vice Rector for Faculty & Research, University of Nicosia; Visiting Professor, Hellenic Observatory, LSE

Debbie Laycock
Head of Policy and Parliamentary Affairs, Terrence Higgins Trust

Chair & Discussant :

Timothy Hildebrandt
Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Policy, LSE

Date :

Monday 13 November 2017

Venue :

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Time : 18.30-20.00
Ticket Information   Free and Open to All
No ticket is required. Entry is on a first come-first served basis.

This event is organised by the Hellenic Observatory and the Department of Social Policy, LSE.

*** Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSECyprus


This talk will explore the social and psychological needs of people aged 50 or over living with HIV/AIDS and present the findings from a comparative study between the UK and Cyprus. 

It is difficult to determine rates of HIV infection among older adults, as very few persons over the age of 50 at risk for HIV routinely get tested. Older adults are first diagnosed with HIV at a late stage of infection-when they seek treatment for an HIV-related illness. Cases among older people may be under reported, as HIV symptoms and often mistaken for ageing problems. Older adults need support and education to ensure that their lives over 50 are as rewarding and safe as before 50. Adults over 50 are an especially important group to target with health prevention messages, both for their own risk behaviors, and for their role as leaders and teachers of younger generations.  The challenges of providing care to people living with HIV- both for traditional and nontraditional caregivers – require considerable and support and assistance. HIV/AIDS Service Organization, LGBT community centers, and other community – based organizations should address these challenges through programming that supports caregivers for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Speakers' Biography

Professor Constantinos N. Phellas is a Medical Sociologist with interests in a variety of areas, including Health and Illness, Ageing, End-of-Life Decision Making and Care, Construction of Identities, Sexualities, and HIV/AIDS. His publications focus upon the intersection of gender, culture, and issues of sexuality among ethnic minority communities, HIV/AIDS, and social and psychological aspects of public health domain. He is currently the Vice Rector for Faculty & Research at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus. He is also the Chairperson of the Cyprus National Bioethics Committee (2015-19).

Debbie Laycock has worked as Head of Policy at Terrence Higgins Trust for the past two years – leading on the Trust’s research, policy and influencing work. She has worked in the public health field for over 10 years since graduating from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – specialising in tuberculosis and HIV. Debbie has worked in a range of sectors – from the NHS to national government to the charitable sector. She is passionate about shining a spotlight on the needs of communities most at risk of communicable diseases and empowering communities to ensure their rights are enacted.