Any other women over 40?

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Hi, this is my first forum post!  I currently also participate in another HIV forum on aidsmeds, but am thrilled to have found a community of other HIV+ women.

My name is Betty.  I tested poz over 20 years ago.  I went through wasting, got down to 80 lbs (am 5'9"), been on life support 3 times, coma once etc. etc. 

Now I find myself facing issues that some older women face such as osteoporosis.  I just broke my hip a month ago, had a rod, plate, and screw put in.  Went to my one-month post-surgiery appointment today and had an x-ray.  It showed the my bones are so osteoporotic that it is not healing the best.  My doc says this is caused by long-term HIV infection. 

Going through some things older women go through, I mean older than me!  Though I am going to be 49 this year.  But I've seemed to developed some things I shouldn't have at this age.  Is there any other HIV+ aging women on this website? And if yes, do you face aging issues?

50+

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Hi Betty,

I recently tirned 52, been positive for 16-17 years but only diagnosed last May when I had PCP. I have not had any particular aging issues that I know of, maybe early menopause if I compare to my older sister who is just entering. But things are all quite new to me. I had previously (prior to last May) believed my self to be rather invincible health wise but now blood tests and HIV meds would say, not so much. Still trying to sort out what is simply aging and what maybe HIV/AIDS related.

Sorry to hear about your bone issues, one thing I do have is very dense bones. Spent years as a competitive runner which ruined my joints but apparently was good for bone density.

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