HIV & Aging

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The development of highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) for HIV infection in the 1990s is one of modern medicine’s most dramatic success stories. Once effectively a death sentence, HIV infection can now be considered a serious, but largely manageable, chronic condition. Today, a man who starts HAART can sensibly hope to experience another 30 to 50 years and frequently well into more established age. However, many of the drugs used to treat HIV have not been around for very long. Whereas short-term side-effects are well researched and documented, longer-term side-effects are less well understood. Some HIV drugs influence the kidneys, liver, bones and heart in inconspicuous ways. As part of your routine health monitoring, your healthcare professional will keep an eye on how well your body is working, so any problems can be identified and treated early. More seasoned grown-ups are one of the quickest developing statistic bunches among HIV and AIDS patients. HIV accelerates the aging process and magnifies its effects, That means having HIV may make you more likely to get heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, kidney problems, and other conditions. The immune system is constantly “at war” with a host of harmful organisms—viruses and bacteria that get into our bodies—and also with our own cells that become defective and start reproducing too quickly—what we call cancer.

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