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  20th International AIDS Conference
July 20-25, 2014
Melbourne, Australia
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Diminished Physical Function in Older HIV+ Adults Despite Successful Antiretroviral Therapy
  Reported by Jules Levin
20th International AIDS Conference, July 20-25, 2014, Melbourne
Audrey Lan, Miriam Morey, PhD, Tammy Chin, Lynn McNeil, RN, Barlett Humphries, Katherine Frankey, Carl Pieper, DPH, Charles Hicks, MD, Mehri McKellar, MD Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
"More than 50% of HIV-infected adults in the U.S. will be >50 years old in 2015......There is growing concern among patients and healthcare providers that this group is experiencing a premature or 'accelerated aging' process......We determined that HIV-infected older adults on effective ART (with suppressed HIV-1 viral loads) had diminished physical performance results when compared to normal reference controls.....Physical function was significantly diminished in older HIV+ persons when compared to reference standards for HIV- age/gend----er-matched controls. The magnitude of differences observed may be associated with poorer health, more disabilities, longer hospital stays, and higher costs, thus warranting intervention."