Although equally considered “older people with HIV”, long-term HIV survivors and people with HIV who are aged over 65 have markedly different characteristics and related needs. This is what a Spanish study published in PLOS ONE has found, confirming that people who are ageing with HIV are a heterogeneous group.
Today, half of people with HIV are aged over 50 and this population keeps growing. This is due to the success of antiretroviral therapy and the increase of new HIV diagnoses in this age group. Older adults with HIV may have additional health conditions (co-morbidities) which, however, often present differently between individuals.