The National Institutes of Health is spending over $100,000 studying elderly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals who have Alzheimer’s but do not have HIV.

The “novel investigation” is part of the “Rainbows of Aging” research being conducted by the University of California, San Francisco. The study began last month.

“By 2030, there will be nearly six million sexual and gender minority (SGM) older adults aged 60 and older in the U.S. who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender,” according to the grant for the project. “Approximately 350,000 SGM older adults in the U.S. currently have Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD), with projections nearing one million by 2030.”

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