Website debuts for HIV-positive seniors
Clinicians treating people older than 50 with HIV now have a new resource.
The American Geriatrics Society, activist-research group ACRIA and the American Academy of HIV Medicine launched a website in February to help providers find information, tools and help.
In 2011, the three groups released the first clinical treatment strategies for managing older HIV patients. HIV-Age.org will highlight articles with information on the latest research and treatment options, as well as editorials and useful medical or government resources. The site does not require membership.
In 2006, 26% of adults infected with HIV in the U.S. were at least 50 years old. That was estimated to grow to 44% by 2013.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates those above 50 years old account for one in six new HIV diagnoses each year.
“Thanks to medical advances, people with HIV are living longer,” stated Wayne McCormick, M.D., president-elect of the AGS board of directors. “But with living longer comes more questions on the management of the common co-morbidities associated with aging.”