Addressing evolving needs of people aged 50 and over

It is currently estimated that there are nine million people aged 50 and over living with HIV globally, and this number is increasing.1

A long, healthy life should be an achievable goal for all people living with HIV. However, over a lifetime, health priorities and treatment needs are likely to change.Being able to discuss these changes openly and plan ahead with healthcare teams is an important step to ageing well with HIV.

We asked people aged 50 and over living with HIV about their health, wellbeing and relationships with their healthcare providers. Explore the findings below.  

Erika discusses the importance of identifying and planning for evolving health needs as we age.

Key findings

Open communication between healthcare teams and people living with HIV is important to help address their evolving needs as they age.

Dealing with treatment concerns, such as the effects of other medicines, can help improve quality of life (QoL) and prepare people for healthy ageing with HIV.

Study results

Health and wellbeing

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‌rated their physical, mental, sexual and overall health as poor.<sup>2</sup>

The groups most at risk of poor health were those reporting

  • two or more comorbidities2
  • poor adherence2
  • treatment dissatisfaction2
  • or gastrointestinal side effects from their HIV therapy2

Communication with healthcare providers

Poor communication with healthcare providers can prevent people living with HIV aged 50 and over getting the care they need. Feeling uncomfortable raising concerns, even about their HIV medication, is a significant barrier.3

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Treatment-experienced people 
say there are barriers to raising concerns with their healthcare teams<sup>3</sup>

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Newly diagnosed people 
say there are barriers to raising concerns with their healthcare teams<sup>3</sup>

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‌are uncomfortable discussing side effects<sup>3</sup>

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‌are uncomfortable discussing drug-drug interactions<sup>3</sup>

George and Somchai talk about George’s evolving treatment

Download the results report

If you would like to find out more about the experiences of people aged 50 and over living with HIV, you can download the full results report here.

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  • References

    1. UNAIDS. Get on the fast-track. The life-cycle approach to HIV. Available at: www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/Get-on-the-Fast-Track_en.pdf. [Accessed: August 2020].
    2. Short D, et al. Oral presentation presented at the 23rd International AIDS Conference; 2020; July 6–10. OAD 0903.
    3. Short D, et al. Poster presented at the 23rd International AIDS Conference; 2020; July 6–10. Poster PED 0787.