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)

How to Help Long-Term HIV Survivors Embrace an Unanticipated Life (The Body Pro, September 2017)

Growing older with HIV: short videos (Realize, multi years)

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

Reach Out: The Importance of Social Connectivity in HIV and Aging (AIDS Committee of York, 2016)

Older Adults with HIV: An Overlooked Population? (Social Worker Helper, 2017)


Clinical Care Journal articles, clinical information, conferences and more.

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:

A Smart Age with HIV: Challenges for clinical care of an aging population (January 2017)
Dr. Giovanni Guaraldi is an international expert in HIV and aging.


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.

Below are some useful links to Realize’s information and resources about HIV and aging. Note: Each information-related page has a separate page with links to resources, so these pages are presented in pairs:

Information on HIV and Aging
Resources related to general information on HIV and aging

Information on HIV and Aging: What does it mean?
Resources related to the meaning of HIV and aging

Information on aging with HIV
Resources related to aging with HIV

HIV prevention for older adults
Prevention-related resources for older adults

Realize also hosts a page with links to other sites providing information on HIV and aging.