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NIH Office of AIDS Research Looks at Aging with HIV

The National Institutes of Health's Office of AIDS Research (OAR) recently held a meeting of experts to review information about HIV and aging and formulate a research agenda.

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HIV Infection Can Cause Faster Aging of T-cells

Chronic HIV infection appears to speed up aging of CD4 T-cells by as much as 20-30 years, according to research published online January 26 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. Compared with HIV negative individuals, HIV positive people had shortened telomeres at the ends of T-cell chromosomes, which leads to poor function and cell death. Immune system aging may help explain the higher rates of chronic age-related conditions such as cardiovascular disease seen among people with HIV.

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Management Age-related Conditions Is a Key Aspect of Care for Older People with HIV

Elder people with HIV are often diagnosed late, have more advanced immune suppression, and typically have a variety of co-existing chronic age-related conditions, according to a Spanish study of patients age 70 or older reported in the November 2009 issue of Current HIV Research. Older patients respond well to antiretroviral therapy (ART), however, achieving undetectable viral load and good CD4 cell recovery.

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September 18 Is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

Saturday, September 18, is the 3rd annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, started to call attention to the issues of HIV and AIDS among older individuals. Estimates indicate that by 2015, half of all people living with HIV in the U.S. will be above age 50. People who contracted HIV early in the epidemic are now facing the combined challenges of normal aging plus the effects of living with the virus for decades. At the same time, people age 50 and older continue to become newly infected and may not receive timely care due to the assumption that they are not at risk.

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Individuals 50 Years of Age and Older Are at Risk for HIV Infection and Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases

People aged 50 and older are more likely to have unprotected sex than younger individuals with HIV infection, which increases their risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STDs), according to results of a recent study supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) published in the current Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

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