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Both the general Canadian population and Canadians living with HIV are aging.
It is estimated that the percentage of seniors (age 65 and older) will almost double in Canada within the next 25 years: from 13.9 per cent in 2009 to 24.5 per cent by 2036.1 HIV-positive Canadians are aging as well. The number of older Canadians living with HIV is increasing, both because HIV-positive Canadians are living longer thanks to improved treatment options, and because some Canadians receive an HIV diagnosis later in life.
As a result of these circumstances, the intersection of HIV and aging is becoming stronger than ever. There are specific physical and psychosocial issues related to HIV and aging that present particular challenges to effective prevention, care, treatment and support.
HIV and Aging. © Canadian AIDS Society. Published 12/05/2011. Updated 12/05/2011. Web. Retrieved 12/05/2013 from http://www.cdnaids.ca/hiv-and-aging