Palliative Care in the Management of Advanced HIV/AIDS

James A. Fausto, Peter A. Selwyn

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The basic elements of palliative care can be translated into practice for patients with HIV/AIDS. More than half of clinical events and deaths occurring among patients on highly active antiretroviral therapy are classified as non-AIDS illnesses. Thus, end-of-life care for patients with late-stage AIDS needs to include any palliative measures that are used for patients without AIDS. This article reviews the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS, prognostic indicators, opportunistic infections, specific AIDS-defining and non-AIDS-defining malignancies, substance abuse/liver disease, and highly active antiretroviral therapy and comfort measures for late-stage AIDS patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-326
Number of pages16
JournalPrimary Care - Clinics in Office Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2011


  • AIDS
  • AIDS-defining illnesses
  • End of Life
  • Prognosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)


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