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Primary care of women aging with HIV.

Womack JA, Brandt CA, Justice AC. Primary care of women aging with HIV. Journal of midwifery & women's health. 2015 Mar 1; 60(2):146-57; quiz 225.

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Women are living longer with HIV infection, but their life expectancy remains shorter than for women in the general population. How best to manage the multiple comorbidities and polypharmacy that are common in individuals wtih HIV has not been studied. This article explores areas where the primary care of women with HIV may differ from that of aging women in the general population. We also discuss aspects of care that may not commonly be considered in those under the age of 65, specifically multimorbidity and polypharmacy. Incorporating a gerontologic approach in the care of these women may optimize outcomes until research provides more definitive answers for how best to collaborate with women with HIV in order to provide them with optimal care.

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