Fast Five Quiz: HIV in Older Adults

Michael Stuart Bronze, MD


September 04, 2020

With current treatments, people living with HIV have a near-normal life expectancy. As a result, the proportion of older patients with the disease is growing. In 2016, the global estimate of people living with HIV who are older than 50 years was 5.7 million — 16% of the overall population of people living with HIV. That percentage is expected to rise in 2020 to 21%.

Couple these values with the annual worldwide estimate of > 100,000 new diagnoses among this age group, and it is clear that providers need to understand the unique clinical considerations for people older than 50 years who are living with HIV. Some of these challenges include higher risks for comorbidities, complications related to HIV, cognitive impairments, and the potential need for geriatric care and psychosocial interventions.

How much do you know about caring for older adults with HIV? Test yourself with this quick quiz.


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