Aging and HIV infection

Rakhi Kohli, Robert S. Klein, Ellie Schoenbaum, Kathryn Anastos, Howard Minkoff, Henry S. Sacks

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With the advent of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in mid-1995, the prognosis for HIV-infected individuals has brightened dramatically. However, the conjunction of potent antiviral therapy and longer life expectancy may engender a variety of health risks that, heretofore, HIV specialists have not had to confront. The long-term effects of HIV infection itself and exposure to antiretroviral agents is unknown. Several aspects of aging, including psychiatric disease, neurocognitive impairment, and metabolic and hormonal disorders, may be influenced by chronic exposure to HIV and/or HIV therapeutics. In this paper, we discuss the health issues confronting HIV-infected older adults and areas for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-42
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Urban Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006


  • Aging
  • HIV infection
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Urban Studies
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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