With over 35 million people living with HIV globally, public health systems will need to quickly adapt to meet the needs of this population as they age, and more science, especially in the area of immunology, is required to inform this response.
Globally there is a real push to do further research to understand the effects of HIV and aging on the immune system. In August of 2016, 4000 of the world’s leading immunologists assembled in Melbourne for the International Congress of Immunology.
At the invitation of the moderator, Professor Sharon Lewin from the Doherty Institute, inside HIV was there to capture a special conversation featuring a panel of experts that included; Dr Alan Landay, Professor Tony Kelleher, Professor Suzanne Crowe AM, Professor Carl June and Bill O’Loughlin.
By 2020 there is estimated to be some 30 000 Australians living with HIV and more than half of them will be over 50 years of age.
If you missed Part 1, where Dr Clovis Palmer delivered the key note address at a special symposium on Immunology and Aging – please check it out.