With many PLHIVPerson (or people) Living with HIV. This term is now preferred over the older PLWHA. living much longer lives, there is increasing evidence that they are likely to experience ageing differently to the rest of the population, including the earlier onset of various co-morbidities.
In response to this, St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst NSW has set up a specialist monthly clinic for people with HIV over 50 who also have a number of other serious health issues.
These might include diabetes[Diabetes mellitus] A disorder in which sugars in the diet cannot be metabolised into energy due to a lack of the enzyme insulin. Late-onset diabetes mellitus may be a long-term side effect of some anti-HIV drugs. and a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. The clinic offers the opportunity to see three specialists, a dietician, an optometrist and pharmacist and to receive a comprehensive assessment of your health and treatments.
The results will then be relayed to your regular doctor.
A referral to the clinic is required from your GP. For more information on the clinic, email email@example.com or call St Vincent’s Hospital on (02) 8382 93121.