Thanks to ART, those of us with HIV are now living much longer. But aging with HIV is not without its challenges. In addition to the normal aging process, people aging with HIV face complications associated with the virus, side effects of treatment and high rates of comorbidities with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, renal disease, arthritis and osteoporosis. And often we experience social isolation and financial challenges as well.
So what should service providers be doing differently to help people stay healthy and active into old age? I put this question to Lisa Power, policy director at the Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s oldest and largest AIDS service organization. Lisa was in Toronto recently to participate in a panel discussion at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network’s annual Research Conference that discussed some of the strategies to support HIV-positive people as we age.
You can see my interview with Lisa in the video clip below. You can also view Lisa's conference presentation itself, and indeed that of other members of the panel, here.