Co-morbidities, health conditions, diseases, opportunistic infections and other clinical problems that sometimes occur in people living with HIV.

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  • A long life with HIV

    This booklet provides information on living well with HIV as you get older. ...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Other health issues

    As you get older, it’s even more important to regularly attend clinic appointments and stay in touch with your healthcare providers. Your HIV clinic appointments will include...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV and the ageing process

    It’s sometimes said that HIV speeds up the ageing process, but this is not certain.People with HIV are at greater risk of some health conditions, but not...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Managing advanced liver disease

    Over years or decades, chronic hepatitis B or C can cause serious liver disease including advanced fibrosis, cirrhosis and liver cancer. As scar tissue or tumours replace normal...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV & hepatitis

    This booklet gives information for people with HIV who also have hepatitis A, hepatitis B or hepatitis C....

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Lipodystrophy

    This section begins with an overview of metabolic and body-fat changes, including sections on Metabolism - the basics, HIV, HAART and metabolic changes and Treating...

    From: HIV treatments directory

    Information level Level 4
  • A to Z of symptoms

    Information on the symptoms commonly experienced by HIV-positive people, as a result of HIV infection or drug treatments, including their causes and what to do...

    From: HIV treatments directory

    Information level Level 4

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  • Study uncovers why bisexual Australians suffer poorer mental health

    The world’s largest study of bisexual people to date, led by La Trobe University in Melbourne, has examined why bisexual Australians experience higher rates of psychological distress than their heterosexual and homosexual peers.

    23 April 2019 | Q News
  • Hepatic Steatosis Highly Prevalent in Young Adults With Lifelong HIV

    One-third of young adults living with HIV since birth or early childhood have hepatic steatosis.

    17 April 2019 | Infectious Disease Advisor
  • Combination therapy more effective in treating patients with leishmaniasis and HIV

    The results of clinical trials conducted in Ethiopia by the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), in partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the University of Gondar, and Addis Ababa University, open the way for more effective and safer treatments for people with both HIV and visceral leishmaniasis (VL), a group of patients who have historically suffered from poor treatment options. The results were published today in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

    18 January 2019 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • ‘Left behind’: Drug companies and researchers have overlooked patients who don’t respond to HIV meds

    There are tens of thousands of immunologic non-responders in the U.S., whose low CD4 numbers put them at much higher risk of heart attacks, stroke, cancers, secondary infections such as tuberculosis, and death. And yet, drug companies and researchers aren’t actively pursuing new treatments that would boost their immunity.

    08 January 2019 | STAT
  • Unpacking pain: what causes it and why it’s hard to measure

    Pain is difficult to measure. Unlike using a thermometer to measure body temperature, a blood test to measure blood glucose, or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to detect a tumour, there are no instruments or tests that objectively measure pain. To understand why, one needs to understand what pain is.

    17 December 2018 | The Conversation
  • Chronic Pain Is a Huge, Underrecognized Problem for People With HIV

    Living with chronic pain not only drags down quality of life, but it is also linked to poorer HIV-related health outcomes.

    12 October 2018 | Poz
  • Psychosocial Factors Associated With Persistent Pain in HIV

    A meta-analysis and literature review, published in Pain, found moderate evidence supporting an association between pain outcomes in people with HIV and several psychosocial factors, such as depression, psychologic distress, post-traumatic stress, drug abuse, sleep disturbance, reduced antiretroviral therapy adherence, healthcare use, missed HIV clinic visits, unemployment, and protective psychologic factors.

    26 September 2018 | Infectious Disease Advisor
  • Physical Activity Associated With Cognitive Benefits in Women Living With HIV

    Physical activity may protect against cognitive impairment in women living with HIV, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Infectious Disease.

    20 September 2018 | Infectious Disease Advisor
  • Preventing Muscle Loss Among the Elderly

    Sarcopenia, a decline in skeletal muscle in older people, contributes to loss of independence.

    03 September 2018 | New York Times
  • Risk of thyroid dysfunction not associated with HIV status

    The prevalence of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism is similar in uninfected patients and those with well-treated HIV, suggesting that there is no association between thyroid dysfunction, serum thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) concentrations, and HIV status, according to a study published in AIDS.

    30 August 2018 | Clinical Advisor
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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