Receiving a HIV diagnosis once meant a death sentence, but that has not been the case for years.
Living with HIV is nowadays a very manageable thing and is comparable to living with any long-term health condition. In fact, 1 in 3 People living with HIV (PLHIV) in Europe are aged over 50. With many of them living well into senior years, some even living into their 90s.
PLHIV can lead healthy, normal lives. But there are some key health conditions they are at more at risk of acquiring because of their status.
That’s why it is so important to keep an eye on all aspects of health, not just viral loads when living with HIV.
So Gay Star News has launched a new survey to find out how PLHIV are looking after themselves. But the survey also hopes to find out how the wider community can help look after the health of PLHIV.
‘HIV has always been a big part our communities and as advances in antiretroviral treatments make living with HIV more manageable, we believe it’s critical to help PLHIV with the other health risks they may face,’ said Gay Star News’ editor-in-chief, Tris Reid-Smith.
‘That’s why we running the survey: to better understand how PLHIV and the people around them look after their health and what we can do as a community to help them.’
The following survey was written with support and funding from Gilead Sciences Europe Ltd.
TAKE PART IN OUR SURVEY: How do we look after people with HIV long-term? Help us understand and plan.