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The Aging Well with HIV Manual

The Aging Well with HIV Manual is for people aging with chronic HIV. It describes common health problems that come with chronic HIV infection. Since many of these problems cannot be cured at present, the manual focuses on how to manage them, so that you can age well despite them. To keep the manual easy to read, we limit each chapter to 3 sections:

  • The problem and its importance
  • What to do with your doctor
  • What to do on your own

The manual leaves out contents you do not need. For example, it does not include tests that will be ordered, or pills used to treat the disease. This is because your doctor will figure these out with you. You can download the manual to read on your computer, email it to others, or print it out on paper. Each chapter makes sense by itself, so you do not have to read every chapter from the beginning. You can pick the chapters that apply to you, and read in any order you like. Read the manual before going to the doctor, so you know which questions to ask. We welcome your comments and questions. Please send them to

The manual was created by Dr. Aroonsiri Sangarlangkarn and Dr. Jonathan S. Appelbaum. Dr. Aroonsiri Sangarlangkarn is a geriatrics fellow with a focus on HIV and aging at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Dr. Jonathan S. Appelbaum is a professor of Internal Medicine at Florida State University College of Medicine, and the co-principal investigator of the HIV and Aging Consensus Project, a joint effort of the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM), the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA).

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Complete Aging Well with HIV Manual

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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: is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided through 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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