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Growing Older With HIV: What Concerns You Most?

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Alan McCord

Alan McCord

Project Inform, San Francisco, Calif.

Aging with HIV is going to complicate just getting older. It's going to challenge the health care system. There are lots of barriers for people aging without HIV, let alone those aging with HIV who are getting into their 60s and 70s. There are a lot of neurocognitive issues that are going to be more pronounced for those living with HIV. There's going to be isolation, social issues, medical issues, such as polypharmacy -- taking too many drugs, drug interaction. Trying to keep up with it all at 60 or 70, while facing financial issues as people are retiring, makes for a rather complicated area of gerontology.

My concern is that we're not ready for all of those things. What I do find hopeful is that the Affordable Care Act is going to ease some of those things once it gets rolling -- that it will be more favorable to the older generation so that more people have access to more services.






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