How health systems can adapt to a population ageing with HIV and comorbid disease

Lancet HIV. 2022 Apr;9(4):e281-e292. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3018(22)00009-1. Epub 2022 Feb 23.


As people age with HIV, their needs increase beyond solely managing HIV care. Ageing people with HIV, defined as people with HIV who are 50 years or older, face increased risk of both age-regulated comorbidities and ageing-related issues. Globally, health-care systems have struggled to meet these changing needs of ageing people with HIV. We argue that health systems need to rethink care strategies to meet the growing needs of this population and propose models of care that meet these needs using the WHO health system building blocks. We focus on care provision for ageing people with HIV in the three different funding mechanisms: President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and Global Fund funded nations, the USA, and single-payer government health-care systems. Although our categorisation is necessarily incomplete, our efforts provide a valuable contribution to the debate on health systems strengthening as the need for integrated, people-centred, health services increase.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aging
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Government Programs
  • HIV Infections* / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged