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Earlier Start of Antiretroviral Therapy Impacts Aging With HIV (Video)

June 2, 2016

On behalf of IFARA, executive producer Fred Schaich spoke with Seema Desai, Ph.D., Peter Hunt, M.D., and Alan Landay, Ph.D., about managing HIV in those over 50 years old. Advances in research on starting treatment have implications for aging while living with the virus. If antiretroviral treatment is started immediately upon diagnosis, long-term health can be improved and the establishment of viral reservoirs can be prevented. However, even if virus levels are reduced to undetectable, chronic inflammation persists in those infected with HIV. That underlying inflammation can be ameliorated by lifestyle changes, such as more exercise, lower alcohol consumption and smoking cessation. As older patients require treatment for aging-related conditions, polypharmacy and multidisciplinary care become increasingly important. This requires coordination among the various providers to avoid medication interactions and other problems. Other issues discussed included mental health, hepatitis C coinfection and lessons from other medical fields, such as cancer research.

Watch the video to learn more:

About the panelists:

  • Seema N. Desai, Ph.D., Rush University, Chicago, Ill.
  • Peter Hunt, M.D., University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Alan L. Landay, Ph.D., Rush University, Chicago, Ill.

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 CROI 2016 conference, as well as earlier meetings.

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

Follow Barbara on Twitter: @reliabletran.

Copyright © 2016 Remedy Health Media, LLC. All rights reserved.

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This article was provided by TheBodyPRO. It is a part of the publication The 23rd Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.

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