Prompt HIV Diagnosis and Early Antiretroviral Therapy Especially Important for Older People

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“Late diagnosis is an important determinant of mortality in older adults.”

From aidsmap.com

Prompt HIV diagnosis and early antiretroviral therapy are especially important for older people, results of a UK study published in Age and Ageing show. There was a 10% one-year mortality rate among people aged 50 plus at the time of their diagnosis, compared to a rate of 3% among younger people. The risk of death was especially high for older people with a CD4 cell count below 200 cells/mm3 at the time of diagnosis and who did not start HIV therapy.

“Late diagnosis is an important determinant of mortality in older adults,” comment the authors.

There has been a general ageing of the HIV-infected population in a number of richer countries. Over half of all patients with AIDS in San Francisco are now aged over 50. Older age is independently associated with immune impairment. Moreover, the…

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