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CROI 2015: Panel on HIV and Aging (Video)

March 26, 2015

On behalf of IFARA, Jeff Taylor spoke with researchers from Rush University and UCSF about HIV and aging. People living with HIV are more likely to suffer normal age-related diseases, such as heart disease, osteoporosis and non-AIDS cancers, than the general population, and do so at an earlier age. This is in part due to the overactive immune system and latent inflammation that characterize HIV, as well as modifiable risk factors, such as smoking or too little exercise. The discussion centered on studies about how the immune activation caused by HIV may be contributing to the development of non-communicable diseases usually related to older age. Other questions raised were the influence of the microbiome on this latent inflammation, and differences in infectious complications between industrialized nations and resource-poor settings.

Watch the video to learn more:

About the panelists:

  • Alan Landay, Ph.D., Rush University, Chicago, Illinois
  • Seema Desai, Ph.D., Rush University, Chicago, Illinois
  • Peter Hunt, M.D., University of California, San Francisco, California

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.

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This article was provided by TheBodyPRO. It is a part of the publication The 22nd Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015).

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