Drugs that have been used for the past 30 years to treat HIV/AIDS, could be repurposed to treat the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new study suggests. AMD is a progressive condition that is untreatable in up to 90 percent of patients and is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly worldwide. The two forms of AMD, wet and dry, are classified based on the presence or absence of blood vessels that have invaded the retina.
21 November 2014 | Science Daily
Health deficits from a list of 31 variables accumulated significantly faster over 4 years in older HIV-positive adults in Italy than in a comparison group from the general population . Among people with 3 deficits at a baseline visit, 92% in the HIV cohort had a worse health deficit score 4 years later, compared with 55% in the general population.
27 October 2014 | NATAP
Among HIV-positive patients, concurrent use of medications is associated with nonadherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to research published in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy.
29 September 2014 | Pharmacy Times
People with HIV and AIDS are living longer than was ever expected before the development of highly active antiretroviral therapies in the 1990s. Palm Springs, a Coachella Valley desert city 100 miles east of Los Angeles, has become a hub for older infected residents well into their 60s and 70s. Yet even as many live longer, there is a broad segment of HIV patients who are aging physically and cognitively faster than the rest of the population.
22 September 2014 | Newsweek
Dr. Meredith Greene, fellow in the Division of Geriatrics at University of California, San Francisco, has spent her career working out how to integrate HIV services and geriatric care. “Traditionally, those areas haven’t overlapped a lot,” she explains—yet as individuals with HIV live longer with increasingly more effective and tolerable HIV therapies, she recognizes the importance of tailoring medical care services for older HIV-positive adults to their unique medical needs.
17 September 2014 | BETA blog
Report hails extraordinary success of HIV services but highlights need to adapt to an ageing population.
03 September 2014 | 2020health (press release)
As effective treatments for HIV become more widely available in low-income and middle-income countries, there's an urgent need to assess and manage health risks in the growing number of people living with HIV. An update on non-communicable diseases among HIV-positive populations in low-income and middle-income countries appears as a supplement to in JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.
14 August 2014 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
As people with HIV live longer, issues of aging are gaining more attention from HIV/AIDS researchers, clinicians, and advocates. Although by no means a focus of AIDS 2014, HIV and aging-related illnesses did take center stage in a mid-week “bridging session” that featured an in-depth presentation on the intersection of HIV, HIV treatment, and aging.
04 August 2014 | BETA blog
An afternoon session, titled “Twenty Plus Positive Dialogues: People Who Have Lived with HIV for 20 Years or More,” on July 22 at the International AIDS Conference Global Village featured long-term AIDS survivors and high-level U.S. and global AIDS policymakers, and ended up less a debate and more about stories told.
24 July 2014 | BETA blog
As the first people with HIV grow old, a new study from St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto questions whether the health care system and other government policies are prepared to meet their complex medical and social needs. The study finds that aging for people with HIV may be more challenging than for the general population because of HIV-related stigma, loss of friends and social networks, and the detrimental health effects of the virus and medications taken to combat the virus.
26 June 2014 | EurekAlert