Aging with HIV And Treatment Changes

Submitted on Aug 14, 2019 by  Nancy Duncan

I think as people age with HIV our treatment plans will become somewhat different than when we were younger. I believe it's important to have a primary care doctor and specialists working together with our HIV doctor because long term HIV causes accelerated aging and comorbidities. Age related factors can complicate HIV treatment in older adults and our immune systems may not recover as well or quickly. Since we all want to stay as healthy as possible while aging it's important to stay on top of not just our t-cell count and viral load detection but to also be aware of and monitor other health conditions we may have such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, osteoporosis, heart disease, dementia and other ailments and illnesses that come with aging.

I see other doctors for non-related HIV conditions all the time now. I don’t know how much time I have left, no one does, but I'm trying my best to make sure I'm doing everything I can to stay healthy so I will be able to thrive and live well while aging with HIV.

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