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Infection with HIV can accelerate aging within the first two to three years of infection, study says
Living with HIV may have an immediate effect on how your body ages, according to new research which showed that cellular aging was sped up in male patients within two to three years of infection.
Fatigue is prevalent in people living with HIV and in older adults. Research has been associated with a wide range of psychosocial factors, including depression, anxiety, and poor quality of sleep, leading to overall poorer quality of life. Fatigue is also associated with comorbidities such as hypothyroidism, Hepatitis C, disease severity, and treatment status among PLWH. This study goes into detail about framing the relationship between fatigue, cognition, and everyday functioning in PLWH.
With ART and the extended lifespan of PLWH, HIV comorbidities also include aging—most likely due to accelerated aging—as well as cardiovascular, neurocognitive disorders, lung and kidney disease, and malignancies. The broad evidence suggests that HIV with ART is associated with accentuated aging and that the age-related comorbidities occur earlier, due in part to chronic immune activation, co-infections, and possibly the effects of ART alone.
Our understanding of HIV/AIDS has been reframed in the recent past because the use of novel antiretroviral therapy has enabled clinicians and patients to control the progression of the disease.
Addressing Health Disparities in HIV: Introduction to the Special Issue, JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: December 15, 2021
This article is about how racial and ethnic minorities specifically in California are impacted by HIV/AIDS. It discusses how they tailored their programs to target low-income populations. This particular study was done to prevent further HIV infections in at-risk populations.
This report from Gilead Sciences reviews resources related to HIV and aging created by HIV Age Positively program grantees.
Barriers and opportunities for the mental health of LGBT older adults and older people living with HIV: A systematic literature review
The study was conducted to review current literature regarding accessing mental health care among LGBT older adults and older PLWH. The results displayed a lack of provider competency in caring for LGBT patients, lower rates of insurance coverage, greater mental health burden, social and structural determinants of health, policy solutions, and technology and health literacy.
This article from POZ notes that a large study found that heart disease and mental health conditions are driving use of multiple medications as people age.
This roundtable brought together experts living and aging with HIV (15 years or more) to review and reflect upon the current capacity and future constraints of the HIV and aging care and prevention services sectors, and the discrete needs that follow.