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Older HIV patients need better care

16th June 2014

Those older adults with HIV are not getting the treatment they need, according to nurses.

hivThere are 100,000 people in the UK, a quarter of which are over the age of 50.

The Terrence Higgins Trust's (THT) data says that two-thirds of these people are on other treatment for long-term conditions - twice the rate of the general population.

THT and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said this "silent generation" of older HIV patients should receive better co-ordinated care.

This issue is to be debated by the RCN at their annual conference this week in Liverpool.

Nurses are reporting a rise in the number of older adults with HIV who are also seeking help for old age.


A RCN spokesperson said: "Nurses need more training and we need to ensure patients are not getting passed around from health professional to health professional. Their care needs to be better co-ordinated."

A Department of Health spokesperson said: "Older people diagnosed with HIV should be able to access any additional health and social care services they need to ensure they can live independent and fulfilled lives."

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