Growing Older With HIV

About Growing Older With HIV

Whether you’ve been living with HIV for a long time, or perhaps you’ve been diagnosed with HIV later in your life, these days you can look forward living a long and fabulous life well into the future.

As everyone ages, life takes it toll, and when living with HIV, things aren’t much different. To live the fabulous life that you deserve takes a little more work when living with HIV.

Being pro-active, and doing things such as quitting smoking, eating healthily, getting enough sleep and maintaining a regular exercise routine can go a long way to improve or prevent other health conditions emerging. Your doctor will also monitor your health, including age, and provide the relevant and appropriate additional treatment where needed.

It is worth mentioning that the longer a person lives with HIV – like any chronic illness – there is a greater potential that some health conditions as a result of HIV, can occur at a higher prevalence and earlier age. These include:

  • Cardiovascular disease and stroke
  • Chronic neurological complications, also described as HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND)
  • Several types of cancer, especially those associated with chronic viral infections
  • Osteoporosis and fractures
  • Depression & anxiety
  • Chronic renal disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

QPP can assist with aspects of your life to help you live and age well with HIV. If social connection is what you are after, then QPP also has a monthly social group for people of advanced age. For the latest updates and a calendar of what’s on, head to our events page.

Additionally, there are a number of HIV ageing information resources available below.. 

Complementary Therapies

Together with HIV medications, complementary therapies may assist in increasing overall health.

HIV Treatments

Treatment for HIV has come a long way in the past four decades, with modern treatments being very easy to take and highly effective.

Looking After Yourself

When you’re living with HIV, it’s more important than ever to protect your immune system to maintain overall health.

HPV & Related Cancers

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, but research indicates that types 16 and 18 cause 70% of cervical cancers and over 80% of anal cancers worldwide.

Menopause

Menopause is a natural part of the ageing process, when a persons ovaries stops working, and menstruation ends.

If you would like further information about either of these services, please feel free to contact QPP to have a chat. You can call for free from a land-line on 1800 636 241 or call (07) 3013 5555 (national). You can also use the contact form or the chat function on our website.

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