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Aging and HIV: Top Questions and Answers

March 8, 2016

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Mental Health and Cognitive Function

Mental Health and Cognitive Function

Q: Can I Beat Memory Loss?

What can I do proactively to slow or prevent cognitive decline as I age? Read the answer ...

Q: My Mind Is Getting Worse; Is It HIV's Fault?

I have been living with HIV for 25 years. I'm in good health, but I can tell my cognitive function is declining. What can I do? Read the answer ...

Q: How to Deal With Extreme Fatigue and Depression?

I am doing well health wise after living with HIV for 29 years, but I have become so exhausted in recent years that it's affecting my mental health and quality of life. Is there anything that might help? Read the answer ...

Q: Could a Med Switch Alleviate My Neuro Disorder?

I was recently diagnosed with HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder (HAND). What's the best way to treat this? Read the answer ...

Q: Am I at Risk for Dementia?

Is it true that if you have HIV, you can get dementia? Read the answer ...

Q: What Can Be Done About HIV-Related Neurological Issues?

I am a long-term survivor and have been diagnosed with severe depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety. I also have a lot of memory problems. What's going on? Read the answer ...


Body Shape Changes

Q: What Are the Risks of Lipodystrophy Nowadays?

I have been reading a lot about lipodystrophy lately. Can you answer my questions about how great my risk is, and whether there are HIV meds I could switch to that would reduce that risk? Read the answer ...

Q: How Can I Get My Booty Back?

Back in the early 1990s, HIV meds did a liposuction job on my formerly nice, round butt. Any suggestions about exercise or other solutions that might help restore my glutes? Read the answer ...

Q: Forget About Curing HIV; What About Curing Lipodystrophy?

Why is there no exciting research underway looking for a cure for body shape changes in people living with HIV? Read the answer ...

Q: How Do I Get Rid of Frustrating Belly Fat?

I have that "deep fat" in my belly area that so many long-term HIV survivors talk about. The rest of me is thin; I work out and keep toned. Is there anything I can do to reduce the belly? Read the answer ...


Bone Health

Bone Health

Q: What's the Bone Screening Guidance for People Living With HIV?

Are there any recommendations for bone density screenings in HIV-positive people? Does age, length of time with HIV, treatment regimen or race change those recommendations? Read the answer ...

Q: Tips for Tending to My Bones (and Vitamin D Levels) When Living With HIV

I have low vitamin D that I attribute to the meds I take. I have been getting stress fractures in my feet because of this. What medication would be friendliest to my bones? Read the answer ...

Q: Hip Replacement: What Do I Need to Know?

At the age of 60, I'm now told that I need a hip replacement. Are there any factors related to my HIV that I should consider? Read the answer ...


Other Health Issues

Other Health Issues

Q: Where Did My Sex Drive Go?

I'm on HIV meds, and my libido has gone away. Are there any drugs, supplements or other approaches I can take to get it back -- and that won't interact with my treatment? Read the answer ...

Q: H. Pylori and HIV: What Do I Need to Know?

My partner and I are both living with HIV; we work out and have lean bodies but large guts. Our doctor suggested we be tested for H. pylori, and we both came up positive. What is known about this condition in people living with HIV? Read the answer ...

Q: How Can I Tell If This Is Neuropathy?

I have been on HIV drugs since 1992. In the past couple months I've had severe pain in my right leg. My doctor says it's neuropathy, but I'm skeptical. What could be causing this pain? Read the answer ...

Q: What's the Link Between HIV and Diabetes?

What percentage of people taking HIV meds eventually get diabetes? How often should an HIV specialist monitor his or her patients for diabetes? What can we do to monitor ourselves? Read the answer ...

Q: HIV and Sun Sensitivity?

I have been living with HIV for close to 20 years. I've noticed that I burn easily in the sun, and my eyes have become more sensitive to light. Could my HIV or the meds be playing a role? Is age a factor? Read the answer ...

Q: What Do I Need to Know to Take Care of My Gallbladder?

I may need to have surgery to remove my gallbladder. Is there anything I should be cautious of because I'm HIV positive? Read the answer ...

Q: What's the Link Between Testosterone Treatment and Prostate Issues?

My HIV doctor seems unconcerned about my potential risk for prostate cancer, but my urologist wants me to have a prostate biopsy -- and may cut off my testosterone replacement therapy if I don't do so. What should I do? Read the answer ...

Q: What's Behind My Skin Issues?

I have been living well with HIV for 26 years, but I have dark gray/brown patches on my face and groin. It seems to get worse as I get older. Could this be HIV related? Read the answer ...


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