n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - More about... : HIV and the older person

Volume 25, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



The provision of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has transformed HIV / AIDS from an acute / subacute disease to a controllable chronic disease. HIV-infected individuals now live longer and grow old. Furthermore, a number of older patients become infected later in life and are not aware of their HIV status. The prevalence of HIV infection in individuals older than 55 years is growing and HIV infection can no longer be thought of as a 'young person's disease'.

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