Los Angeles Times Examines Aging Among Long-Term HIV Survivors in U.S.
February 6, 2008
The Los Angeles Times on Tuesday examined issues surrounding aging among long-term HIV survivors in the U.S. According to physicians, people living with HIV/AIDS experience signs of aging about 10 to 20 years earlier than HIV-negative people.
A 2006 AIDS Community Research Initiative of America study on the interaction between mental health and HIV found long-term HIV survivors are nearly 13 times more likely to experience depression than the general population. In addition, long-term survivors of the disease are more likely to commit suicide than people of the same age in the general population, the Times reports.
According to the Times, physicians have few guidelines to determine which age-related conditions are caused by HIV, which are side effects of antiretrovirals and which are signs of aging. NIH and the Veterans Health Administration are conducting two long-range studies of aging among people living with HIV/AIDS, according to the Times (Engel, Los Angeles Times, 2/5).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.