Older AIDS Survivors Face New Challenges
June 6, 2011
The first sizeable group of AIDS patients to navigate the aging process is now faced with medical, psychological and financial obstacles that early patients could not imagine living to see.
CDC data note that upwards of 25 percent of US HIV patients are at least 50 years old. And, according to the latest Central Nervous System HIV Antiretroviral Therapy Effects Research study, 52 percent of Americans with HIV have a cognitive impairment, compared to 10 percent of the general population. The American Academy of HIV Medicine adds that HIV-positive people 55 and over are three times more prone to chronic illnesses -- such as hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer -- than uninfected 70 year olds.
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