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National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

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National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day: A Perspective from the National Institutes of Health

 by Paolo Miotti and Scott Proestel







On September 18, 2011, we mark the fourth observance of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. The remarkable success of antiretroviral therapies in prolonging the lives of HIV-infected individuals who have access to and can tolerate these drugs has led to many more HIV-infected people living into middle and old age. In 2008, an estimated 29 percent of HIV-infected adults in the U.S. were at least 50 years of age, and in 2009, individuals in that age group accounted for 17% of all new HIV diagnoses. Both of these percentages have been increasing in recent years. As the benefits of improved therapies for HIV continue to accrue, research into the complex relationship between aging and HIV becomes increasingly critical.

A major goal of HIV and aging research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is to achieve greater understanding of…