Of the 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK, around a quarter are over the age of 50. Data from the Terrence Higgins Trust has revealed that two-thirds of these are receiving treatment for other long-term health conditions too, that’s twice the rate of those without HIV.
The charity and the Royal College of Nursing have spoken out to say this ‘silent generation’ of older people with HIV need better coordinated care in order to stay well. The concerns will be raised this week at the Royal College of Nursing conference.
Thanks to advancements in the treatment of HIV, nurses are seeing more people with the condition reaching out for help with age-related ailments.
The public health forum chairman for RCN, Jason Warriner, said:
“For the first time, we have a generation of older people living with HIV and having to cope with the ageing process. They have respiratory problems, diabetes and heart disease. That is proving challenging...