Living longer with HIV means more age-related disease: study to outline how

September 10, 2014

Dr. Curtis Cooper is part of a team that has been awarded a five year grant worth $1.2 million by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to study age-related diseases, such as liver, renal, cardiovascular diseases, and cancers among HIV-positive individuals. It may be that people infected with HIV have higher risk of developing age-related diseases, compared to the general population, but to date no study has comprehensively examined this question in Canada. The study that Dr. Cooper is co-leading will document age-related diseases among HIV-positive individuals. It will also outline differences in the age-related conditions between key affected HIV-positive populations across Canada, including persons of Aboriginal ancestry, African/Caribbean/Black individuals, people who inject drugs and homosexual men. This knowledge is essential for estimating the unique health needs of aging HIV-positive individuals and for understanding the role of HIV and the treatment of age-related diseases. Grant summaries are available through CIHR’s Funded Research Database.

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