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Is age an important factor in adults?

Many researchers are looking at HIV in older people. 

This is becoming a specialised subject and HIV services are changing to reflect this. 

By 2020, about half the HIV positive people in the UK will be older than 50. This includes people who have been positive for many years and people who only recently became positive.

Although researchers were worried that HIV might cause faster ageing, more recent studies have not shown this to be true.

While ART is now recommended for everyone, the benefits from ART are especially important if you are older.

Ageing is related to many health problems, and these can overlap with complications from HIV.

This is why lifestyle factors that affect our health are just as important if you are HIV positive.

These include a healthy balanced diet, keeping mentally and physically active and not smoking etc.

These include a healthy balanced diet, keeping mentally and physically active and not smoking etc.

I was very scared of treatment. I did not think it worked cause I had just arrived from Zimbabwe.

I came to the UK after my husband died and I needed treatment immediately. I told my doctor that I did not want to be on d4T and ddI and he just laughed because these drugs were no longer in use in this country. It is amazing what the disparity of wealth does to countries.

I never used to read about the meds I was given, but after my experience with efavirenz (which I changed), I now read every detail on every drug.

Now I tell everyone they are fantastic because they have given me a new lease of life.

— Hosanna, UK

Last updated: 1 October 2019.