Special Considerations Related to Aging in Persons With HIV

  • Author: Matthew B. Goetz, MD (More Info)
  • Section Editor: Judith S. Currier, MD, MSc
  • Editors in Chief: Daniel R. Kuritzkes, MD; Joseph J. Eron, Jr., MD
  • Last Reviewed: 11/1/21 (What's New)



  • The population of older persons with HIV has greatly increased since the introduction of effective combination ART[CDC 1998; Muñoz 1997; CDC HIV Surveillance; CDC Older]
  • In 2018, more than one half (51%) of people in the United States and dependent areas with diagnosed HIV were 50 years of age or older[CDC Older]
  • These changes are due to improved survival and an increase in the average age at infection
  • Aging in the population with HIV infection is associated with changes in morbidities

Natural History of Untreated HIV Infection in Older vs Younger Patients