Aging & HIV – Interview with Dennis Fleming

Aug 13, 2020 | aging, books, culture, Health, politics, Science, seniors, technology

Aging & HIV – Interview with Dennis Fleming

Science & Technology Interview Series

Welcome to The Not Old Better Show. I’m Paul Vogelzang, and this is episode #469. Today’s show is brought to you by Medterra.

At the start of the HIV epidemic more than 30 years ago, people who were diagnosed with HIV or AIDS could expect to live only 1-2 years after that diagnosis. This meant that the issues of aging were not a major focus for people with HIV disease.

Today’s show is about aging with HIV, and I think you’ll find our guest, Dennis Fleming, as I have, and that’s someone to root for, yes, because, today, his HIV is undetectable, but someone who is living a long, healthy life.

Nearly half of all people living with HIV in the United States are age 50 or older. This is mostly because people are living much longer with HIV thanks to novel, effective, inhibitor attachment therapy, and that’s good news.

The bad news is research increasingly shows that diseases that typically strike HIV-negative people, men and women, yes, women, too in their 60s and 70s are occurring in people with HIV in their 40s and 50s. These concerns have brought the issue of aging with HIV to center stage. One of the biggest unanswered questions is why this is occurring, what it all means in relation to research, clinical trials, and support and resources for those, like our guest, Dennis Fleming, age 60, and those men and women over 60 with HIV.

We’ll talk about that and a lot more on today’s program. Please join me in welcoming to The Not Old Better Show, via internet phone, Dennis Fleming.

My thanks to Dennis Fleming for his willingness and candor today about aging with HIV. Please check out our list of resources in today’s show notes. My thanks to GCI Health for help arranging today’s show, My thanks to Medterra for sponsoring today’s show, and my thanks always to you, my wonderful Not Old Better Show audience. Remember, stay safe everyone, practice smart social distancing, and Talk About Better. The Not Old Better Show. Thanks, everybody.
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