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Ageing with HIV

HIV Molecular Research Group, UCD School of Medicine, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Mater Misericordae University Hospital, Eccles street, Dublin 7, Ireland
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Healthcare 2018, 6(1), 17;
Received: 17 October 2017 / Revised: 29 January 2018 / Accepted: 7 February 2018 / Published: 14 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ageing with Chronic Disease and Disability)
The population of people living with HIV (PLWH) is growing older with an estimated 4 million over the age of 50 years, a figure which has doubled since the introduction of effective antiretroviral therapy (ART) and which is increasing globally. Despite effective ART, PLWH still experience excess morbidity and mortality compared to the general population with increased prevalence of age-related, non-AIDS illnesses (NAI) such as cardiovascular disease, malignancies, cognitive impairment and reduced bone mineral density, which impact disability and everyday functioning. This review will discuss the challenges presented by comorbidities in ageing PLWH and discuss the aetiology and management of age-related illnesses in this vulnerable population. View Full-Text
Keywords: HIV; ageing; non-AIDS illness; frailty; cardiovascular disease; malignancy; cognitive impairment; inflammation HIV; ageing; non-AIDS illness; frailty; cardiovascular disease; malignancy; cognitive impairment; inflammation
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McGettrick, P.; Barco, E.A.; Mallon, P.W.G. Ageing with HIV. Healthcare 2018, 6, 17.

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