Ageing & HIV

HIV and ageing is a growing issue. Thanks to accessible and effective anti-retroviral treatment, we are seeing the first generation of people age with HIV.

One third of people living with HIV are now over 50, this can be attributed to effective medication meaning people are living long-lives with HIV but also to record rates of new diagnoses in over 50s group.

There have been several studies conducted looking at the concerns HIV+ people have in growing older with the virus. Concerns around access to care, isolation and loneliness are high amongst people living with HIV. These concerns are even more prevalent in women growing older with HIV. For women, there are also additional concerns about how HIV may affect menopause.

 

More information can be found about HIV and ageing in this study conducted by Terrence Higgins Trust.