What Are the Implications of the Increasing Number of Elderly with HIV/AIDS?

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[BLANK_AUDIO] The implications are that the phase of HIV for the first time in it's course is really a graying one. We signed them in 1990s, the rise of antiretroviral medications that for the first converted what was once a death sentence into a more manageable chronic illness.

And what it did was it ushered in the first generation of people to age with HIV. It's estimated that the within the next year one in two people with HIV in this county will be age 50 and older. And by 2020, 70% of the people with HIV will be aged 50 and older. What we also see through research is that people with HIV often in their 50s often experience same level of age related comorbidities as people without HIV in their 70s.

So something about the combinations of the virus the medications and the life experience, is aging people with HIV faster and sooner. What it means for people in health field, in the aging field, and the research field is that unless we figure out what it means to treat a demographic that is not just aging faster, but it's also representing the largest percentage of people with HIV in this country, their needs will probably not be addressed.