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J Nurse Pract. 2014 Jun 1;10(6):409-416.

Women, Aging, and HIV: Clinical Issues and Management Strategies.

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1
Yale School of Nursing PO Box 27399 West Haven, CT, 06516-7399.
2
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT and VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, CT. Cynthia.brandt@va.gov , 203-932-5711 x3541.
3
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT and VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, CT. amy.justice2@va.gov , 203-932-5711 x3541.

Abstract

Women are living longer with HIV infection. How best to manage the multiple co-morbidities and polypharmacy that are a hallmark of HIV infected individuals has not been studied. We explore incorporating principles of gerontology, particularly multimorbidity and polypharmacy, to optimize the health of HIV infected women. Multimorbidity and polypharmacy are important issues for HIV infected women. Incorporating a gerontologic approach may optimize outcomes until research provides more definitive answers as to how best to collaborate with HIV infected women to provide them with optimal care. A case study is used to guide the discussion.

KEYWORDS:

HIV; aging; gerontology; multimorbidity; polypharmacy

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