HIV in older people

New diagnoses among older adults more than doubled between 2002 and 2011, rising from 442 in 2002 to 990 in 2012. One in four adults living with diagnosed HIV were aged 50 years and over compared to only one in eight in 2003.

The number of people living with a diagnosed HIV infection who are aged 50 and over has seen a large increase over recent years.  Now one in four adults seen for HIV care were over 50 years in 2012. This rise is due to increased survival as a result of effective treatment in addition to continued transmission within this age group.



Nearly two-thirds (63%) of older adults were diagnosed late (defined as having a CD4 cell count less than 350 per mm3 within three months of diagnosis). Adults diagnosed when aged 50 years and over were more likely to present late compared with adults aged under 50 (44%). This information is based on reports made by PHE's HIV in the United Kingdom: 2013 report.

For detailed research into ageing and HIV, visit the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) website.