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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

A large study of about 20,000 individuals with HIV including women, men who have sex with women, and men who have sex with men (MSM) was done over 5 years. The goal was to assess the contribution of gender, age, and sexual orientation on person-time spent in: retention in care, ART use, and viral suppression.

An ongoing study of men 50-75 years of age with HIV (279) or at risk for HIV (379) found that about 40% suffered one or more falls over a 2-year period. In both groups with two or more falls, illicit drug use, taking diabetes medications or depression medications, and peripheral neuropathy were the most frequent risk factors.

A total of 782 gay couples, median age 40 years, with one partner HIV positive and the other negative were followed for 3 years.  There were 76,000 episodes of anal intercourse without condoms. The investigators reported no episodes of HIV transmission from the positive to the negative partner.

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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