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Aging With AIDS: An Epidemic's Changing Face

August 31, 2011

"... This month, the Greater Baltimore HIV Health Services Planning Council released the results of a survey that found two-thirds of the region's HIV victims were age 45 to 64. The last time the group conducted this study, just seven years ago, the majority of HIV cases were among those who were 25 to 44.

"The aging of the AIDS population has presented new challenges to physicians and public health officials. Not nearly enough is known about the long-term effects of the highly active antiretroviral drugs that allow people with AIDS to live for decades or longer, nor are the physical and social effects of aging on people with AIDS well understood. Meanwhile, the problems associated with providing elder care for people with AIDS and the training of their caregivers and social service professionals are becoming even more urgent.

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