Living with HIV: Challenges in Spain's HIV management

July 18, 2017


July 18, 2017

Becca Lipman
Contributor, The Economist Intelligence Unit

Becca is currently a supporting editor and writer for The Economist Intelligence Unit's thought leadership division in the Americas and EMEA. Her primary focus is on healthcare policy and financial market trends. She has also recently developed research programmes that analyse themes in infrastructure and smart cities, as well as C-suite perspectives on talent strategy, small business and IT development. 
Before joining the EIU in New York, and later in London, Becca worked as senior editor at Wall Street & Technology where she reported on IT advances in capital markets. She previously held posts as lead editor for a US stock brokerage. Becca earned her bachelor’s degree in both economics and environmental studies from New York University.


Like many other countries in both the developed and developing world, Spain has made significant progress in treating the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and in identifying those most at risk.

However, for the first time, nearly half of HIV-infected people on Spain are over the age of 50; they are facing special challenges resulting from the accumulated toxicities of earlier treatment and from social difficulties and exclusion—primarily affecting those infected in the earliest wave of the epidemic. Spain’s populations most at-risk of contracting HIV are also changing, but practices to encourage early detection and testing are not being adjusted in a timely manner. 


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