Strategies to Improve the Health of Older Adults Living with HIV

May 2016 | Sean Cahill, Sophia Geffen, Samantha Marquez, and S. Wade Taylor National Center for Innovation in HIV Care

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“Thanks to antiretroviral medications and improvements in care, people with HIV are living into their 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond. Half of people living with HIV in the U.S. are age 50 or over.”

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Due in large part to improvements in treatment and care, half of people living with HIV in the United States today are age 50 and over. This brief explores the unique challenges that older adults living with HIV may face and offers resources for health care providers and AIDS service providers to address these challenges.

The five key steps outlined include:
1.Training staff to provider affirming and culturally competent care for older adults living with HIV
2.Screening for comorbidities, including mental health issues
3.Addressing substance use, including tobacco use
4.Promoting sexual health and HIV/STI prevention with older adults
5.Strengthening social support networks