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CROI 2014: Emerging Issues in an Aging HIV Population (Video)

April 7, 2014

Treatment activist Jeff Taylor talks with Kristine Erlandson, Todd Brown, Peter Hunt and Amy Justice about health issues related to an aging HIV population. The panelists discuss the importance of non-medication approaches, encouraging exercise and encouraging a healthy, varied diet, while suggesting that a combination of behavioral intervention and medication may be helpful in some cases.

Specific issues discussed include: depression and the role HIV itself, as well as information related to HIV, may be playing; combatting bone loss with a short course of vitamin D, as well as vitamin supplementation in general; the effect of smoking, including smoking medical marijuana, on lung health; the fact that hospital stays for severe pneumonia common in HIV-affected patients may contribute to a functional decline over time; hepatitis C treatment and its potential effect on other conditions; and the treatment of asymptomatic CMV (cytomegalovirus) to reduce immune activation and to possibly decrease the risk of cardiovascular problems.

Additionally, neurocognitive issues are a concern in older people and may be affected by the low-level inflammation caused even by well-controlled HIV. "How the brain functions is related to how healthy you are," as Amy Justice says.

Watch the video to learn more:

More on the panelists:

  • Kristine Erlandson, M.D., University of Colorado Hospital
  • Todd Brown, M.D., endocrinologist at Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Peter W. Hunt, M.D., immunologist at University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
  • Amy C. Justice, M.D., M.S.C.E., Ph.D., Yale School of Public Health & Veterans Administration

The video above has been posted on with permission from our partners at the International Foundation for Alternative Research in AIDS (IFARA). Visit IFARA's website or YouTube channel to watch more video interviews from the conference, as well as earlier meetings.

Barbara Jungwirth is a freelance writer and translator based in New York.

Follow Barbara on Twitter: @reliabletran.

Copyright © 2014 Remedy Health Media, LLC. All rights reserved.

This article was provided by TheBodyPRO. It is a part of the publication The 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2014).

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