Resources for Aging with HIV
This resource center connects you with the latest in research, training, and more to help better coordinate and optimize care for people aging with HIV. You can filter the resources below by title, date, or topic/category, such as care coordination, health equity, and mental health.
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This article summarizes plenary talks from the 10th Annual International Workshop on HIV and Aging, which took place in New York City on October 10 and 11, 2019. Presentation topics included the following: the burdens of HIV-associated comorbidities, aging phenotypes, community engagement, and loneliness; these issues are especially important for older PWH, considering the COVID-19 pandemic.
To optimize care engagement, medication adherence, and viral suppression, all people with HIV should be provided timely access to care, and HIV care sites should make the effort to provide care in a way that is linguistically and culturally appropriate. HIV care sites should implement programs that incorporate evidence-based programs to improve HIV care engagement and viral suppression.
The study looked into the prevalence and risk factors associated with echocardiogram abnormalities among those who are older and living with HIV.
In an evaluated clinic that worked with aging PLWH, it was found that almost all referrals to the clinic involved comorbidities and suspected geriatric syndrome. Researchers suggested that Geriatricians with specializations in HIV might soon play a key role in the management and care of older people with both HIV and geriatric syndromes.
New York Department of Health AIDS Institute: Guidance for Addressing the Needs of Older Patients in HIV Care. The goals include: Raising clinicians’ awareness of the needs and concerns of patients with HIV who are 50 or older; Inform clinicians about an aging-related approach to older patients with HIV; Offering recommendations to help clinicians provide optimal care for this population; Provide resources about aging with HIV for healthcare providers and their patients; Suggest steps to guide medical settings in implementing geriatric care into HIV clinical practice.
This study worked to see the outcome of those who are living with AIDS and who also contracted COVID-19. They concluded that those with HIV/AIDS who had the disease well-controlled were not at a higher risk of COVID-19 symptoms being more severe. It was also found that those with bacterial pneumonia may be at risk of worse COVID-19 symptoms.
People with HIV are living longer and can experience physical, mental, and social health challenges associated with aging and multimorbidity. Rehabilitation is well-positioned to address disability and maximize healthy aging. In this article, findings from CIHRRC’s aim to identify emerging research priorities in HIV, aging, and rehabilitation from the perspectives of people living with HIV, clinicians, researchers, representatives from community organizations, and policy stakeholders are reported.
More than half of PLHIV were ready for telemedicine. PLHIV and physicians endorsed the advantage of e-health in terms of better coordination across health professionals but mistrust the data collection factor, which warrants either clarification or stronger legal protections.
mHealth apps and smart devices have failed to garner adoption by PLHIV. There is a case for good-quality health data sharing and exchange if PLHIV are provided with appropriately secure tools and physicians are backed up by adapted legislation.
More than half of PLWH surveyed had already searched for health information on the Internet, and one in two had changed their behavior based on the online search. PLWH did not see the Internet as an alternative to physicians but they wanted their physicians to guide them on how to find quality health information to better self-manage their condition.
Weak healthcare systems have been exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic and challenges have arisen in regard to maintaining HIV care continuum during the COVID-19 pandemic. Particular efforts must focus on ensuring this care to avoid disruption of routine HIV services.
The study aimed to determine the relationship between oral and gut microbiome diversity and chronic systemic inflammation in ART-treated PLWH with prevalent severe periodontitis, an inflammatory condition commonly associated with HIV infection.