People with HIV aged 60 and over in the United States are more than twice as likely to have an AIDS-defining illness or a CD4 cell count below 200 compared to under-40s, according to data presented to the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2018) in Boston.

Moreover, individuals newly diagnosed with HIV were also more likely to present with several serious non-AIDS-defining illnesses including shingles, bacterial pneumonia, anaemia and thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) than people of a similar age without HIV, so the investigators suggest that the presence of these conditions should trigger HIV testing. The likelihood of presenting with one of these conditions was greater in people diagnosed with HIV compared to HIV-negative controls at all ages, and the prevalence of each grew with age.

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