Growing older positively: the challenge of ageing with HIV

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Beer, Gail; James, Matt; Summers, Sean
Date of publication
1 August 2014
Older Adults, Health Services
Social welfare
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Due to advances in effective HIV treatment more people than ever before are living to older age with HIV. Despite the tremendous advances in effective treatments for HIV, which have resulted in the disease being considered chronic rather than acute, older people with HIV remain at a disadvantage in comparison to their peers, particularly in terms of quality of life. From poor levels of health to access to social care and financial security, the older person living with HIV faces significant challenges.

For the first time we have a significant cohort of those living with HIV aged over 50, which presents new challenges to the way HIV care and treatment are designed, managed and delivered. This report reviews how HIV is strategically planned for and managed in the UK today and develops recommendations for Government and the NHS in light of changes in the patient profile. The goal must be to ensure that with appropriate care and support everyone with HIV can live a long and fulfilled life.

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