September 2013 : Ourselves, Growing Older - by Jennifer Morton

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Older and Wiser

Mandating Mail-Order Pharmacies

From the Editor

Touch of Gray


Letters-September 2013


Committed to the Fight

POZ Planet

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We the LGBTHIV...

Testing the Limits

Say What-Dan Savage

Check Them Out

Try the Power of Bareback and Body

Burden of Proof

Citizen Scientists


Light and Darkness

Care and Treatment

GMHC Treatment Issues September 2013

Caring Docs Retain Patients

Breaking the Blood-Brain Barrier

HIV Capsid Structure Defined

Found: Those Lost to Follow-up

Combo of Two HIV Drugs Can Control Hep B

Research Notes

Prevention: Repurposing Vaginal Gel for Rectal Use

Treatment: Pot--the Next HIV Drug?

Cure: Misleading Reports Say Cure Is Near

Concerns: Another Vaccine Trial Shuts Down

POZ Survey Says

Ourselves, Growing Older

POZ Heroes

Musical Missionary

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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September 2013

Ourselves, Growing Older

by Jennifer Morton

Let’s face it—we’re all growing older. But thanks to advances in treatment, people with HIV are living longer than ever. That’s the good news. The bad news is that HIV and its medications can increase the risk of certain health conditions including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis. POZ recently asked you how you are aging with HIV. Here are your responses:

Survey Says

How is your physical health?
22% - Excellent
55% - God
21% - Fair
2% - Poor

How is your mental health?
23% - Excellent
48% - Good
23% - Fair
6% - Poor

Do you have an undetectable viral load?
88% - Yes
12% - No

Do you take prescription meds for anything other than HIV?
72% - Yes
28% - No

Do you have a living will or designated health proxy?
48% - Yes
52% - No

Do you have an IRA or other retirement plan?
44% - Yes
56% - No

How many of you have been screened/tested for other diseases?
68%    liver disease
67%    diabetes
61%    depression
60%    kidney disease
56%    cardiovascular disease
37%    skin cancer
29%    osteoporosis

Source: March 2013 POZ Survey

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