BHIVA Standards of Care for People Living with HIV

7. HIV across the life course

7c. Older age

Older age is a significant consideration in the provision of HIV care for two distinct reasons. Firstly, there is an increasing number of people ageing with HIV as a direct result of treatment efficacy. Secondly, there is an increasing number of people being diagnosed with HIV in older age, partly as a result of changes in the epidemiology of HIV in the UK. Issues of health and well-being related to ageing intersect with those of HIV and may give rise to increased complexity in clinical and service delivery. Issues that are specifically relevant to older age are highlighted below and the associated quality statements and measurable and auditable outcomes can be found in the relevant section.

Our knowledge about the relationship between ageing and long-term HIV is emerging and is likely to change considerably over the lifetime of these Standards.

Standard 7 - HIV across the life course