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Getting older and living longer with HIV

Getting older and living longer with HIV

Getting older and living longer with HIV: Findings from a pilot study conducted in Newham

Start Date:  August 2010   End Date:  July 2011   Status: Completed

Background:

Despite a growing population of people living with HIV (PLWH) aged 50+ and people becoming infected with HIV later in life, we currently know very little about getting older with HIV. There is some research on the experiences of older MSM living with HIV; however, less is known about those who have become infected with HIV via heterosexual transmission, particularly those from ethnic minority groups living in ethnically diverse areas.

Aims:

  • To explore the demographic and health characteristics of individuals aged 50 years and older living with HIV in the London borough of Newham,
  • To assess their perceived health and social care needs, the available service provision and how existing services are coordinated and managed to meet the needs of this population.

Method:

  • Self-administered questionnaire of people living with HIV (PLWH) aged 50 and older living in or accessing health and social services in Newham
  • Focus groups with PLWH aged 50 and older living in or accessing health and social services in Newham
  • Semi-structured interviews with health and social care professionals provide caring and support to the study population

Main Findings:

Impact:

  • Guest blog on HIV and ageing for the International Longevity Centre, UK
  • Interest expressed from the London Specialised Commissioning Group’s Lead Commissioner for HIV Services in this research

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Project Lead:


Nena Foster

Project Team: Nena Foster, Emily Freeman, Angela HardenPatrick Tobi, Ade Fakoya

Funder: UEL Promising Research Award to Nena Foster

Project Partners: Dr Rebecca O’Connell and Cheryl Tawana, Newham University Hospital

Report: View report

For more information, contact: Angela Harden  a.harden@uel.ac.uk  or Patrick Tobi p.tobi@uel.ac.uk