Your future

You can grow old with HIV. In fact, there is a very good chance that you will. Although much is still unknown, ittoekomst appears that the older you get with HIV, the greater your chances of getting certain diseases. And it appears that people with HIV can get ‘old- age’ health problems at a somewhat younger age.

There are thought to be some 20,000 people living with HIV in the Netherlands. Over the past few years, an average of about sixty people have died each year from the consequences of HIV and AIDS in the Netherlands. There are older people who have been living with HIV for years, and there are also people who become infected with HIV relatively late in life.

Somewhat more likely to get other diseases
Older people always have a better chance of getting diseases – even if they don’t have HIV. But a number of diseases appear to be more common among older people with HIV than among people of the same age who do not have HIV. Doctors and researchers are keeping an eye on this. If you have HIV and are getting older, it is often not clear exactly what is causing a particular health problem: does it have to do with HIV, with the medicines, or with getting older in general? Or is it not connected with any of those things? People with HIV seem to get older somewhat more quickly than others. So they also get ‘old-age’ health problems at a somewhat younger age. Which diseases are more apt to occur among older people with HIV?

Which diseases are more apt to occur among older people with HIV?

  • cardiovascular diseases;
    These are caused by raised cholesterol levels, among other things. Your cholesterol levels are monitored every time you have your blood tested.
  • liver diseases;
    These are caused by raised cholesterol levels, among other things. Your cholesterol levels are monitored every time you have your blood tested.
  • kidney diseases;
    The functioning of your liver is also monitored every time you have your blood tested.
  • osteoporosis, which increases the chance of broken bones;
  • a few specific forms of cancer, such as anal cancer,  blood-cell cancer, liver cancer and cervical cancer; Women with HIV are advised to have a pap test done every year. If you do that in time, you can avoid getting cervical cancer.
  • mild forgetfulness.

Because both growing older with HIV and living for years with HIV medications are new phenomena, people’s ideas about these things are still developing. Naturally it is a positive development that new treatments that can improve your life prospects keep appearing over time. 

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