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High Prevalence of Geriatric Conditions Among HIV+ People Over Age 50 in San Francisco

Older HIV-positive people have a high prevalence of multiple age-related problems, investigators reported in the March 29 online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. The research involved people aged 50 years and older receiving outpatient care in San Francisco. Overall, 40% reported difficulties with daily activities, most reported loneliness, many had mild cognitive impairment, and 30% had only poor to fair quality of life.

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September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

Friday, September 18, is the 8th annual observance of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD), an opportunity to focus on the challenges facing the aging population regarding HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment, as well as the health and well-being of the growing population of older people living with HIV.

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June 5 is National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day

Friday, June 5, is the second annual National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivor Awareness Day (NHALTSAD). Coinciding with the anniversary of the first reported casesof the disease that would come to be known as AIDS, in 1981, the day aims to raise awareness about people living with HIV since the early years of the epidemic, many of whom are facing new and unexpected challenges as they age.

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Older People with HIV Have Reduced Life Expectancy

Mortality among HIV-positive people age 50 or older has fallen dramatically since the advent of effective combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the mid-1990s, but even well-treated people in this age group without AIDS-defining events or comorbidities have reduced survival time, on average, compared with the general population, according to a report in the August 27 advance edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

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7. AIDS Long-Term Survivors and Aging with HIV

Long-term survivors of the AIDS epidemic continued to make news in 2014, with the first-ever National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day. There was more confirmation that people who start HIV treatment early may have a life expectancy matching that of uninfected individuals, but older people with HIV face health issues including cardiovascular disease and frailty.

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