HIV & Aging: Journal Articles

A randomized control trial assessed HIV knowledge, treatment, beliefs and attitude of women who had previously received PMTCT (prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission) [PMTCT] and were about to commence ART. Of the 320 women studied, mean age was 33, 106 had previously received PMTCT, while 214, had never received ART. Using multivariate linear regression analysis, higher HIV insights was associated with prior PMTCT participation. ART naïve-women expressed stronger beliefs that ART would pose a problem, when compared to those who had previously received PMTCT.

This study conducted an integrative review of 29 articles to assess and compare emerging themes in the social network component of rural versus urban-dwelling older people living with HIV (OPLWH). Themes discovered in both rural and urban-based literature were similar, and revealed perceived lack of social networks and social support, heightened stigma, fragmented social support, and increased social isolation among OALWH. Unlike urban communities, rural OALWH faced added challenges such as socioeconomic burdens, lack of quality healthcare facilities, and inadequate HIV resources.

In a 2016 study researchers examined patterns of cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality for HIV-infected adults between 1999-2013. Total and proportionate cardiovascular disease mortality in HIV-infected adults was compared to the general population and those with another chronic inflammatory condition, inflammatory polyarthroplasty. Total mortality in HIV-infected men and women decreased from 15,739 to 8660. CVD mortality significantly increased from 307 to 400 during the same period.

A recent systematic review examined the safety and effectiveness of aerobic exercise interventions on several health outcomes in HIV-infected adults. This was an update of a previous systematic 2010 review of 14 studies. Authors searched 11 databases for studies published between 2009 and April 2013. Randomized controlled trials of HIV-infected adults that compared aerobic exercise to no exercise or another exercise intervention performed at least three times per week for at least four weeks were included.

In a retrospective sub study using the Veterans Administration (VA) database, the authors looked at health disparities in the treatment of common comorbidities among HIV-infected veterans. It is known that health disparities exist between black and non-black HIV-infected patients; blacks are less likely to be in care, to receive ART and to have viral load suppression. The authors looked at the cohort of approximately 25,000 HIV-infected veterans in care during 2013.

The British Medical Journal, referring to a report by the UK’s Terrence Higgins Trust, Uncharted Territory, described the report findings as a “Time Bomb”. The report states that “the social care, healthcare and welfare systems aren’t ready for this new and fast-growing ageing generation”. Study respondents reported they would have no one to help them when they needed support for daily tasks. Over 80% are concerned about accessing adequate social care in the future.

By Rebecca Erenrich, MPH
Research and Community Engagement Coordinator
​ACRIA San Francisco Offices

An annotated bibliography for 2016 of HIV/AGE related Journal articles was just posted on this site.

There is an almost 40% increase in the number of citations when compared to 2015. The older adult with HIV is increasingly dominating the epidemic’s dialogue.

Download the annotated bibliography here.


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