Dates: 09/01/2017 – 09/02/2017
Deadline for abstracts: Not yet available
Over the last two decades, HIV has been transformed from a fatal disease in to a chronic condition where the great majority of HIV infected individuals can look forward to a full and active life. This has been due to an increased understanding of the disease and its management, but above all to the unprecedented improvement in antiretroviral drugs.
Not surprisingly, current management of HIV infected patients continues to be overwhelmingly influenced by the fear of AIDS, suffering and death, with treatment success measured by long term avoidance of these conditions. But in the context of the armamentarium now available to clinicians and HIV infected individuals, much loftier goals are appropriate. Clinicians should now be focused not only on avoiding AIDS, but on guaranteeing HIV infected individuals a full long life with a very minimum of adverse events or co-morbidities. Planning not only for the next 5 – 10 years, but for many decades to come with a healthy and productive older age. This requires clinicians adapt a proactive approach to preventing long term morbidities and incorporate this in to their decision making process when making treatment choices.