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Ageing with HIV

November 8, 2019

07:30 - 08:30


The population of older people requiring HIV care is rapidly increasing as a result of effective antiretroviral treatment and later age at infection. While complications caused by HIV are now rare, people living with HIV are at increased risk of medical conditions typically associated with ageing, including cognitive impairment and diseases of the bones, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. Several models of care have been developed in response to these changing and often complex healthcare needs. During this session, we aim to consider whether models of care of managing older people with HIV are needed, describe current models of care for older people with HIV (including examples of good practice), determine key principles for the management of older people with HIV and establish the priorities of service users, and consider what recommendations for management of older persons living with HIV might be proposed for future guidelines.

Cure symposium co-organised with the National Agency for AIDS Research (ANRS)

November 7, 2019

10:00 - 12:00


The existence of the Berlin and London patients, as well as the reports on long-term control of viremia after antiretroviral treatment interruption in some individuals (post-treatment controllers) is inspiring the hope that a state of durable HIV remission is achievable. Stem-cell transplantation is nonetheless not a scalable regimen and a therapy leading to durable remission has not been identified yet. This symposium will gather experts presenting novel insights and future perspectives in the road toward a therapy for remission and cure of HIV.  One major obstacle of HIV cure consists in the persistence of the virus cellular and anatomical reservoirs in people living with HIV treated efficiently with combined antiretroviral treatment. Basic aspects for our understanding of the factors underlying HIV persistence and potential novel soft spots for tackling HIV in reservoir cells will be discussed, as well as how a better fundamental understanding of immune responses during infections can contribute in the path toward HIV cure.





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