A new report hails the extraordinary success of HIV services but highlights need to adapt to an ageing population. Estimates suggest that by 2015 half of all those with HIV in the UK will be over the age of 50 years. This presents enormous challenges not only to those with HIV as they grow older and develop the various co-morbidities they are likely to experience as they enter later life, but also to those who will be caring for them. Research points to the fact that the interaction between HIV and ageing presents highly complex clinical challenges and that the diseases and conditions of ageing present earlier or more severely in people who also have HIV.
2020health’s report entitled “Growing older positively: the challenge of ageing with HIV” can be downloaded from here…it is quite a long read!