This was reported on the BBC website:
The older generation of people with HIV need better support to keep them well, nurses say.
With people living for longer with HIV thanks to advances in treatment, nurses have reported they are seeing more patients with the condition seek help for conditions associated with old age.
RCN public health forum chairman Jason Warriner said: “For the first time, we have a generation of older people living with HIV and having to cope with the ageing process. They (may) have respiratory problems, diabetes and heart disease. That is proving challenging. You have to be careful about drug interactions and other complications. Nurses need more training and we need to ensure patients are not getting passed around from health professional to health professional. Their care needs to be better co-ordinated.”
There are also concerns about stigma. Dr Mark Lawton, a sexual health consultant at Royal Liverpool Hospital, said there was some data which suggested that some people who worked in care homes had a negative attitude, and also that there was an “overwhelming lack of knowledge and understanding”.
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