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New Report on Ageing and HIV Published

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Mark Platt
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New Report on Ageing and HIV Published
Posted on: September 3 2014, 01:53 pm

Headlines:
- People with HIV face even greater obstacles and challenges in later life.
- Report hails extraordinary success of HIV services but highlights need to adapt to an ageing population.

Press Release:
Estimates suggest that by 2015 half of all those with HIV in the UK will be over the age of 50 years. In 2012 the number of people being treated for or accessing care for HIV in the UK aged over 50 was 24,510 out of a total of 77,610.

This presents enormous challenges not only to those with HIV as they grow older and develop the various co-morbidities they are likely to experience as they enter later life, but also to those who will be caring for them. Research points to the fact that the interaction between HIV and ageing presents highly complex clinical challenges and that the diseases and conditions of ageing present earlier or more severely in people who also have HIV ³.

2020health’s report out today “Growing older positively: the challenge of ageing with HIV” charts the incredible progress that has been made in treating people with HIV but calls for strategic planning of HIV services in the NHS to improve in light of the average age of patients now being older.

The report also highlights the need to educate the older population about sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and to encourage doctors to offer appropriate testing.

Report author Matt James said, “Following many years of medical research resulting in the development of effective treatment for HIV, the majority of people diagnosed in the UK can now anticipate a very good prognosis and long life expectancy.”

“Yet despite the tremendous advances in effective treatments for HIV, which have resulted in the disease being considered chronic rather than acute, older people with HIV remain at a disadvantage in comparison to their peers, particularly in terms of quality of life. From poor levels of health to access to social care and financial security, the older person living with HIV faces significant challenges. Having HIV raises your risk of all sorts of other diseases and it is important that older people are diagnosed and assumptions are not made about their sex lives.”

See: http://www.2020health.org/2020health/Press/Latest-News/Press-Release-3-9-14.html
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Jo Josh
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Re: New Report on Ageing and HIV Published
Reply #1 on: September 4 2014, 10:48 am

FYI Garry Brough and I both contributed to this report and I also took part in the Stakeholder Discussion at Portcullis House.
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Matt Williams
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Re: New Report on Ageing and HIV Published
Reply #2 on: September 8 2014, 07:11 pm

I have read it and find it unsurprising, full of unjustified positions and factual inaccuracies. The topic of HIV and ageing is important and deserves better. - matt
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