By Lisa Power, Policy Director (Terrence Higgins Trust, United Kingdom)
The UK’s 50 Plus research, done by Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), MBARC and Age UK for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, surveyed 410 older adults with HIV – one in twenty of all those with HIV in the UK. They found that HIV systematically disadvantages those infected across their lifetime in three key areas – health, financial and social wellbeing. Older people with HIV, as a group, have twice as many other long term conditions (on top of their HIV); they are less economically active and less likely to have savings for old age; they are less likely to have their own home; they have significant levels of social isolation and poor mental health and considerable fears for the future. Not everybody ends up alone and in poverty, by any means, but some do and many others are disadvantaged across their lifetime in ways that could be changed, with proper planning and support.
The full report of A national study of ageing and HIV (50 Plus) is available at: http://www.tht.org.uk/binarylibrary/peoplesexperienceofhiv/50-plus-final-report.pdf
Article from IPPF HIV Update newsletter - Issue 27: http://www.ippf.org/en/Resources/Newsletters/HIV+Update+Issue+27.htm