The impact of HIV on our bodies and on the immune system as we get older is greatly affected by ageing. HIV affects each of us differently. Some people progress to symptoms very quickly, while others live for 20-plus years without any signs of immune suppression or symptoms.
Each of us ages differently as well. How well we age and how the ageing of our bodies impacts upon our health is unique to each of us. Therefore, HIV infection —coupled with natural ageing— creates added challenges for maintaining good health.