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Spotlight Series: HIV Stigma and Discrimination

Age And Rapid HIV Progression Without Treatment

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
Get the Facts
AIDS InfoNet

Older People and HIV

...Older People? Is HIV the Same in Older People? What Other Health Problems Are Common? Mental Problems The Bottom Line How Many Older People Have AIDS? About 29% of all people with AIDS in the United States are age 50 or over. In 2001, this proportion was 17%. In some cities, as many as 37% of people with AIDS are older than 50. The number of older people diagnosed with AIDS is increasing. There are three types of older people...
Ask the Experts


I think the p.c. word is morbidity . I recently had an argument with one of the very few friends iv disclosed to who stated , "people don't die from aids anymore". For whatever reason after 4 years despite three meds ( kaletra, truvada, instentra) I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello Pillboy,Morbidity means illness. Mortality refers to pushing up daisies.Your friend is woefully misinformed. HIV/AIDS is a slowly progressive disease that does not have a cure. That makes it a terminal (fatal) condition. Yes, we have made Read more »

Age at time of infction

I am not sure this is the right forum to ask this question. Does age at time of infection mean faster progression of the disease especially without treatment? The average I know is 10 years without treatment but what effect does age have to do with...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
...may tend to progress more quickly, but that is not a rule. There are many factors that influence disease progression. Some are age related, some life style factor related, some are related to coinfection exposure, and some are genetic influenced.... Read more »

Facial wasting for no known reason.

I am a 39 year old female who had sudden onset and rapid progressive severe wasting of the temporalis and massetter muscles. I've been thoroughly investigated and no one knows what caused this. Initially, they queried a type of muscular dystrophy...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
I have never heard of anything like this and hopefully your doctors can figure it out. In the meanwhile, using facial fillers to improve your facial appearance certainly would be a reasonable option. Good luck! Read more »


Hello Dr. Bob,Thank you very much for answering my questions re the effects of mild CVID or IgA on the progression from HIV to AIDS. You stated that, even with a 'normal, healthy' person, "There is no 'least' and 'longest' times. It's very variable...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...disease progression depends on many factors, both viral (viral strain, viral load, viral fitness) and host (immune integrity, age, genetics, concurrent infections, etc.).Dr. Bob Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

... Why Should You Get Tested for HIV? What Are HIV Antibody Tests? ELISA Western Blot (WB) Assay Indirect Immunofluorescence Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Aging and HIV: A Conversation with Dr. Malcolm John

...University of California at San Francisco, Malcolm John, MD, MPH, sees daily the changes his HIV positive clients experience after age 50. I spoke with Dr. John about the evolving health issues these individuals encounter and the state of the... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

...When the immune defenses are weak, CMV can attack several parts of the body. This can be caused by various diseases including HIV. Combination antiviral therapy has reduced the rate of CMV in people with HIV by 75%. However, about 5% of people... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

The Feminization of an Epidemic

...the United States, over 80% are either African American or Hispanic. AIDS remains the leading cause of death in black women ages 25-34 in the U.S., while it represents the 10th leading cause of death in white women of the same age group. The... Read more »
Connect With Others


Posted by worrywart22, 5 Replies

Excellent article on HIV & aging, "New York" mag.

Posted by BrokenWingedBird, 2 Replies
... "Another Kind of AIDS Crisis" A striking number of HIV patients are living longer but getting older fastershowing early signs of dementia and bone weakness usually seen in the elderly. Read more »

aids related dimentia..

Posted by AIDS2HIV, 1 Reply
...a common anticonvulsant drug improved cognitive function and appeared to restore nerve cells in the brains of patients with HIV-related dementia. The results of the Phase I clinical trial are published in the March issue of the scientific journal... Read more »

One In 20?

Posted by Bear60, 3 Replies
...I heard on NPR that Washington DC is considering testing EVERY resident for HIV. They suspect the rate may be as high as 1 in 20. Did anyone else hear this? Read more »