People living with long-term infections such as viral hepatitis or HIV face unique challenges as they age. Treatment side effects may hasten the ageing process and/or predispose people to other medical issues. Chronic conditions and multiple co-morbidities are common in people with long-term viral hepatitis and/or HIV infection. In addition, people living with viral hepatitis and/or HIV may be confronted with the fear of discrimination and stigma when disclosing their status and accessing health care services.
By engaging predominantly with the BBV/STI healthcare workforce and other key stakeholders, this project considers whether ageing is impacting people living with HIV and viral hepatitis in the ACT, and if so, how, to what extent and what evidence is available.
Cathy Thomson (UNSW Social Policy Research Centre)