Office for the Aging


Department of Health releases new HIV in Older Adults Quick Reference Card

Certain chronic diseases typically associated with aging may develop earlier in life in patients with HIV.

A new resource has been developed to raise awareness about the high rates of comorbid conditions that are found in the older HIV-infected population compared with their non-HIV-infected counterparts.

The new Older Adults with HIV quick reference card outlines assessments that are particularly important for older adults with HIV/AIDS. Topics that are covered with assessment recommendations include: Total Disease Burden and Functional Status; Polypharmacy and Conditions of Aging that may Affect Adherence; Mental Health and Cognitive Status, Alcohol and Substance Use; Social Support and Daily Care; Long-Term Care and Hospice, and Communicating with Older Adults.

The card is intended for primary care clinicians; social service providers may also find it useful because of the range of information included. You can view and download the resource card(External Link) here.

Did You Know?
A comprehensive study of older New Yorkers living with HIV was conducted in 2006. The study was presented at a NYS Department of Health (DOH) conference. The study, Research on Older Adults with HIV (ROAH),(External Link) can be found on the DOH website.

The report cites that 27% of those infected with AIDS in the U.S. were over age 50. 30% of the 100,000 people living in New York City were over age 50, and 70% were over age 40. Clearly, it won't be long before the majority of those suffering from AIDS will be, by definition, "older Americans."