HIV, psychiatric comorbidity, and aging

Julia L. Skapik, Glenn J. Treisman

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Abstract

At least one-tenth of people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. are over the age of 50-a percentage that is likely to increase as infected persons live longer-and a new trend has shown an increase in new HIV diagnoses in persons over age 50. This population is poorly described, and a relative paucity of data is available about HIV/AIDS in older populations, with virtually no data on patients older than age 65. The older population with HIV/AIDS has an extremely complicated picture. In this review article, the authors discuss common psychiatric disorders associated with HIV/AIDS; cognitive limitations and dementia; issues of personality, temperament, addiction, and substance abuse; and problems of life and meaning experienced by many older individuals with HIV/AIDS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-36
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Geriatrics
Volume15
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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