September 2013 : Ourselves, Growing Older - by Jennifer Morton

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join

Back to home » Archives » POZ Magazine issues

Table of Contents


Older and Wiser

Mandating Mail-Order Pharmacies

From the Editor

Touch of Gray


Letters-September 2013


Committed to the Fight

POZ Planet

Lost Worlds

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

email print

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

Search: aging, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis

Scroll down to comment on this story.


(will display; 2-50 characters)


(will NOT display)


(will display; optional)

Comment (500 characters left):

(Note: The POZ team reviews all comments before they are posted. Please do not include either ":" or "@" in your comment. The opinions expressed by people providing comments are theirs alone. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Smart + Strong, which is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by people providing comments.)

Comments require captcha.
Please enter this number for verification:

| Posting Rules

Hide comments

Previous Comments:

  comments 1 - 4 (of 4 total)    

TONY G, , 2013-09-17 15:26:47
One part of me is delighted about this new take on "aging w/HIV/Aids. I'm 54 and 27 yrs pos. I'm lucky I've had health care and same Dr for 20+yrs. You ask us to put ourselves out here and help educate our communities, etc. I use to do that until that same community used all I had to say to target me as some type of sexual deviant out to assault there kids. Mines not a rare case. We do what we do to HELP not destroy our communities (this has been my experience in state of Va)

Danny, , 2013-09-17 13:10:31
Because I don't have children to ignore me when I get older my greatest fear is not having anyone to help me in my old not withstanding. Several of my friends and I are talking about sharing a home or homes. One in Florida, of course. Last thing I want to do is to move into a str8 nursing home or assisted living. Yuck! I co-moderate a group on Yahoo for hiv+ senior men to discuss these issues. positive seniors

harleymc, , 2013-08-29 19:22:22
Which deity is referred to in the "God" physical health?

Sheila, Sudbury, 2013-08-27 21:03:08
Am I ever glad I did check this out,I was wondering how long will we live with HIV/AIDS.Now I know,interesting.

comments 1 - 4 (of 4 total)    

[Go to top]

Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr Instagram
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar
POZ on Twitter

Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Has a pet helped you deal with your HIV?


more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2016 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.