MORE than half of HIV sufferers aged over 50 are living in poverty, according to a new study published today.
Research by the Terrence Higgins Trust found that 58 per cent of those with the condition are in poverty, twice that of the general population, while 82 per cent experienced loneliness.
The charity’s head Ian Green said: “Advances in HIV treatment mean that people with HIV are living longer and we are now seeing the first generation of people growing old living with HIV.
“This is good news — but it also means we’re entering uncharted territory.”
He said the findings should be “a wake-up call” to governments. Annmarie Byrne, 68, who was diagnosed with HIV in 1996, warned of a return to the 1980s when people “didn’t want to nurse us” due to the lack of training and knowledge in supportive housing and older age facilities.
Around 30,000 people aged 50 and over received treatment or care for HIV in Britain last year and the number of new cases in older people has almost doubled in the past decade.
The report is based on responses from 307 people aged 50 and over with HIV.