Should people with HIV consider a DIY will?

HIV infections diagnosed in people over 50 years old have more than doubled in seven years, new figures from the Health Protection Agency show.

Genevieve Edwards, communications director at the Terrence Higgins Trust, said that there are now "real issues" around ageing and HIV.

She remarked: "It's good news that people are living longer but we now know that HIV ages you faster, you'll have twice as many long-term health conditions as people who don't have HIV and there will be various other issues that you have to deal with in terms of services and things like that."

Primary care services are not as knowledgeable about the disease, she explained, which is putting sufferers at a disadvantage.

Older people with HIV might want to consider a DIY will before they become too ill.

The World Health Organisation this month called for earlier treatment for people with HIV before they become ill, estimating that it could reduce mortality rates by 20 per cent over the next five years.

Posted by Christopher Evans

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Published on: July 26, 2010

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