People living with HIV in the UK and across the world are growing older. This is because good treatments now exist. These treatments allow people with HIV to live long and healthy lives. At the same time, more people are becoming HIV positive at older ages. In the UK, there are about 25,000 people aged 50 and older living with HIV. Most are gay and bisexual men, heterosexual men and women of black African heritage, and white heterosexual men and women. Some have been living with HIV for 10, 20, and even 30 years. Others were only diagnosed in their 50s, 60s and 70s.

The HIV and Later Life (or HALL) study wanted to find out the most important issues related to HIV and older age. It did this by asking older people living with HIV about their lives, concerns, experiences, mental health, and quality of life. The study also asked older people living with HIV to fill out a survey on mental health and quality of life.

This was a diverse and interesting group of people, from different backgrounds and with different life histories and interests.

Download the HALL study report

The HALL Study main questions:

  1. What are the personal histories of older people living with HIV in the UK? What are their concerns and relationships with
    other people?
  2. What is the mental health and the quality of life for people aged over 50 who are living with HIV in the UK?
  3. What are the relationships between social support, mental health, and quality of life of people with HIV in the UK who are
    getting older?