How do geriatricians feel about managing older people living with HIV? A scoping review


Purpose: The proportion of people living with HIV being older adults is increasing and due to high rates of multimorbidity and frailty within this group geriatricians are well placed to contribute to their care. However, little is known about how geriatricians feel about this new opportunity.

Methods: A scoping review was performed following the Arksey & O’Malley’s methodological framework with nine databases searched in December 2021 for studies reporting the experiences or views of geriatricians on caring for people living with HIV. Study inclusion was not limited by language or year of publication. Narrative reviews were excluded. Two reviewers independently performed the extraction using predetermined criteria. A descriptive analysis of extracted information was performed.

Results: Six publications reporting four studies, all conducted in the USA, were identified. The current barriers to geriatricians being involved in the care of older people living with HIV are: their current experience in managing people living with HIV, their knowledge of HIV, specific issues related to older people living with HIV and screening for HIV in older people as well as their attitudes to people living with HIV and experience of managing older LGBTQ + people.

Conclusion: Prior to geriatricians being routinely involved in the care of older people living with HIV further research outside of the USA is required. Geriatricians will also require specific training which should be incorporated into geriatric medicine training curricula as well as the creation of learning tools and quality clinical practice guidelines ideally created in collaboration with HIV organisations.


Jones HT, Barber TJ




  • Epidemiology and Determinants of Health
    • Determinants of Health
  • Determinants of Health
    • Health services
  • Population(s)
    • Older adults (>50 years)
    • General HIV+ population
  • Health Systems
    • Delivery arrangements


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