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HIV and Aging


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What gives me the most enthusiasm is still being alive and in very good health after more than 16 years. I'm here to say that it's possible to live with HIV and find a path that allows us to live in a positive way.

-- Jacques, 63

It's great news that people with HIV are paying attention to issues around aging. It means we are surviving and getting older like the rest of the population! We need to take good care of ourselves, be proactive and pay attention to changes in our bodies as we age.

This booklet is for people 50 or older who are living with HIV, as well as their partners, family members, caregivers and service providers. It looks at some of the issues that older adults living with HIV might face and it recommends ways we can prevent disease and improve our overall health. A healthy body, mind and sex life are important at any age! The booklet also features the insights and advice of men and women in their 50s, 60s and 70s who are living with HIV.

HIV and Aging

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Decisions about particular medical treatments should always be made in consultation with a qualified medical practitioner knowledgeable about HIV-related illness and the treatments in question.

CATIE in good faith provides information resources to help people living with HIV/AIDS who wish to manage their own health care in partnership with their care providers. Information accessed through or published or provided by CATIE, however, is not to be considered medical advice. We do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information published by CATIE. Users relying on this information do so entirely at their own risk.


The content of this booklet was originally developed by Kath Webster for Managing Your Health: A Guide for People Living With HIV. Quotes from The Positive Side.

Production of this publication has been made possible through financial contributions from the Public Health Agency of Canada and from ViiV Healthcare in partnership with Shire Canada.

Thanks to the many community and medical reviewers who provided input on this booklet.

Illustration: Julie McLaughlin
Design and layout: Quadrat Communications

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This article was provided by Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange. Visit CATIE's Web site to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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