HIV and Aging

Aging with HIV can introduce health and social considerations: medication interactions, financial security, and planning for advanced aging are a few. Aging with HIV is becoming a reality for many in Canada, and researchers and social scientists are turning their attention to exploring the ramifications for people living with HIV.

Social Issues

What Growing Old with HIV Looks Like in Canada (CBC The Current, 2018)

Why aren’t older people tested for HIV? Views from doctors and patients (AIDSMAP, 2018)

Growing older with HIV:  Realize organization

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day  (Annually, every September 18)


Clinical Care

HIV and AIDS Video Series: training videos for anyone working in a long-term care setting, in all staff and volunteer capacities

HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HAND): An Update (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, June 2017)

HIV and aging was presented in a special session at the 2017 Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) conference:



Get to Know Realize

Realize was formerly known as the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR). This national charitable organization works to develop research, education and cross-sector partnerships that bridge the worlds of HIV, disability and rehabilitation.

Realize section on HIV and aging notes that the number of people living and aging with HIV is increasing as a result of improved treatment options for people living with HIV who have access to medication, and an increasing number of people are diagnosed with HIV later in life.

Realize has produced and gathered a number of resources on their website.





Last reviewed April 8, 2022