Older HIV patients need better care16th June 2014
Those older adults with HIV are not getting the treatment they need, according to nurses.
There 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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Title: Older HIV patients need better care
Author: Dan Boyle
Article Id: 25649
Date Added: 16th Jun 2014