The Lisbon patient: Exceptional longevity with HIV suggests healthy aging as an ultimate goal for HIV care

Ines Pintassilgo, Matteo Cesari, Henrique N. Santos, Jovana Milic, Iacopo Franconi, Cristina Mussini, Nuno Marques, Giovanni Guaraldi

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Abstract

In the context of global aging, HIV infection has become a new chronic disease and requires innovative models of care. Treating isolated comorbidities represents a useless and potentially harmful practice at advanced age. Therefore, a patient-centered approach, in which the interventions are focused on the biology and function of the individual, with understanding of the importance of securing social and home environment that provides psychosocial support, better suits unmet health needs. We present a paradigmatic case of healthy aging: the first reported HIV-infected patient who achieved 100th of life - the Lisbon patient. The construct of healthy aging, recently introduced by the World Health Organization, is the best example of this comprehensive model and could represent the fourth target of UNAIDS agenda of the end of AIDS.

Original languageEnglish
Article number290
JournalBMC Infectious Diseases
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 20 2020

Keywords

  • Healthy aging
  • HIV
  • Intrinsic capacity
  • UNAID

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases

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