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This study (John 2016) looked comprehensively across physical, mental and social health domains to examine health related needs of older adults living with HIV. The study showed that among 359 people living with HIV in San Francisco: 39% reported dependence with ≥1 IADL, 40% reported falls in the previous year, 58% experienced loneliness, 55% depression, and 12% PTSD. The study included two different clinics, both of which receive Ryan White funding but based within two different healthcare systems- a university clinic and a county (public hospital) based clinic. Although the majority of participants were men (85%) and had been infected with HIV for more than 10 years (85%), so the results may not extend to women or older adults newly diagnosed with HIV, this study adds to the growing body of evidence about the aging related health needs for older adults living with HIV.
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