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HIV & Aging

HIV & Aging Clinical Recommendations

Recommended Treatment Strategies for Clinicians Managing Older Patients with HIV

If there is one constant in the field of HIV medicine, it is that of constant change. The science of HIV is an ever changing landscape of new research findings, new medications with new targets and also new side effects. In addition to new populations affected by the epidemic, as the elderly, there is the ever demanding goal of seeking an actual cure for HIV disease.

HIV & Aging: Journal Articles

In a cohort of 2,308 persons, mean age 60, hospitalized for heart failure, there were 374 with HIV.  On follow-up for short-term readmission and longer-term cardiovascular mortality, the adults with HIV had significantly higher readmissions as well as greater cardiovascular and all-cause mortality rates compared to the HIV-negative group.

HIV is associated with an increased risk of stroke from both the effect of the virus and known risk factors.  It appears that traditional risk factors, such as hypertension and smoking, may be even more elevated as risk factors.

Smoking cessation and blood pressure control are recommended for prevention and use of statins is suggested, pending the result of an ongoing clinical trial. Cardiovascular disease is a major comorbidity in older adults with HIV and demands attention.

HIV & Aging: Editorials

Two high impact medical journals included Editorials on HIV and Aging. The Editorials observe that as the number of older adults with HIV increases, clinicians and people living with HIV, need to assess what it means to have a “healthy life expectancy.”

Purpose of this Program: The AAHIVM, ACRIA and AGS (collectively, the “Sponsors,” “we” or “us”) are sponsors of this Website and through it seek to address the unique needs and challenges that older adults of diverse populations living with HIV face as they age. However, the information in this Website is not meant to supplant the advice provided in a doctor-patient relationship.

General Disclaimer: HIV-Age.org is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided through HIV-Age.org should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, consult your health care provider.

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