People Who Are HIV-Positive May Be Aging Faster Than Their Peers

People Who Are HIV-Positive May Be Aging Faster Than Their Peers

Having HIV — or getting treatment for it — speeds up the aging process by about five years, on average, scientists report in a new study.

The findings, published in the journal Molecular Cell, fit with what doctors have seen in clinics: HIV-positive people tend to get hit earlier in life with age-related diseases, such as osteoporosis, heart disease and dementia.

But the study also opens up the possibility of addressing a broader question: How to measure a disease’s impact on aging.

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