Geriatrics Should Guide Care of HIV Infected Older Adults

Over half of all people infected with HIV in this country are now over the age of 50 and almost one-fifth of new infections occur in this population.  Aging with HIV along with the other diseases that occur more commonly in older patients (such as high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis) is increasingly complex to manage. Geriatricians who specialize in the care of older people may not be aware of the implications and treatment strategies for older patients infected with HIV.

The following article summarizes major clinical issues that they may see while caring for these patients. Geriatricians are uniquely trained to evaluate and prioritize the treatment of complex intertwined diseases (multimorbidity) while understanding the implications and management of geriatric syndromes such as frailty and cognitive impairment, which also affect older patients with HIV.

Sangarlangkarn & Appelbaum. Caring for Older Adults with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. J Am Geriatr Soc 2016.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27682476

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