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.
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.
Health and wellbeing
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
George and Somchai talk about George’s evolving treatment