It has been approximately 30 years since the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that is the cause for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Initially individuals being diagnosed as being HIV positive or having AIDS had little options available to them and life expectancy was very short; however, with research, public health education, and medical interventions individuals with HIV/AIDS are living longer, healthier lives. The face of HIV/AIDS is aging as people with the virus live into their 60s, 70s, and beyond.
The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) has a history of funding HIV/AIDS-related research including research related to aging. This population experiences unique issues as HIV/AIDS-related medical conditions complicate issues associated with getting older such as vision loss, joint and muscular degeneration, and other age-related disabilities. A search of our REHABDATA database located 32 documents related to HIV/AIDS and aging. A listing of the citations is available at http://tinyurl.com/7af5msp.
Research on disability and rehabilitation issues facing aging and elderly individuals with HIV/AIDS will continue to be relevant until a cure can be found.