Review of Recent Behavioral Interventions Targeting Older Adults Living with HIV/AIDS

Lourdes Illa, Marisa Echenique, Victoria Bustamante-Avellaneda, Mario Sanchez-Martinez

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Increasing attention has been paid to older adults living with HIV over the past few years given the increasing prevalence of HIV in this age group. Yet, despite numerous studies documenting psychosocial and behavioral differences between older and younger HIV-infected adults, few evidence-based behavioral interventions have been developed for this population. This review found only 12 manuscripts describing behavioral intervention studies in older HIV-positive adults published between 2011 and 2014, and they reported on a total of six interventions. Despite promising findings, there is a clear need for large-scale clinical trials to replicate these initial results and further develop additional interventions to address important clinical issues such as depression, sexual risk behaviors, cognition, and other significant issues affecting this cohort. This represents an exciting opportunity for behavioral scientists and HIV specialists to develop interventions that combine the psychological and behavioral with medical aspects of the disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-422
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent HIV/AIDS Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 13 2014


  • Aging
  • Behavioral interventions
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Depression
  • Mental health
  • Older adults
  • Secondary prevention
  • Sexual risk behaviors
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


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