The Lisbon Patient: meet the man who is living with HIV at 100

Published Dec. 17, 2018 10:00 p.m. ET

With his 100th birthday coming this spring, Miguel is the oldest known person with HIV in the world.

Researchers say he is both a “sign of hope” and the face of things to come since medical science transformed this once-menacing virus from a “death sentence” into a “chronic, manageable condition.”

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Breakdown of the 23,150 people not benefiting from appropriate intervention (Data: Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research)


There are an estimated 36.9 million people who are living with HIV-AIDS worldwide, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV-AIDS (UNAID). 

The most up-to-date information we have from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) shows that an estimated six Canadians are infected with HIV everyday.

In 2017, the 50-years-and-older age group represented the second highest proportion of new HIV cases at 22.9%, followed closely by the 40-49 year-old age group at 22.4%.

In other words 45% of all new cases are 40 and older.

The 30-39 year old age group continued to represent the highest number of new HIV cases (31.2%).

Median age of patients receiving HIV to rise

The Lancet published a modelling study in 2015 based on data from a Dutch cohort, projecting that “the median age of patients receiving treatment for HIV will increase from 43.9 years in 2010 to 56.6 years in 2030.

"The proportion of patients older than 50 years is predicted to increase from 28% in 2010 to 73% in 2030, while the proportion of patients aged 60 years or older will increase from 8% to 39% and the proportion aged 70 years or older will increase from 8% to 12%.”


WATCH: Dr.  Giovanni Guaraldi from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia discusses the continuing need for education around HIV.

WATCH: Hospital Garcia de Orta's Dr. Ines Pintassilgo discusses an HIV survivor who lived to 100, thanks to treatment. 

WATCH: Dr. Enrique Santos discusses a 100-year-old patient and believes others could live as long with proper treatment.  

WATCH: Director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Dr. Julio Montaner, discusses advances in treatment since the 1980s. 


WATCH: Vice Chairman of the Research Ethics Board at St. Michael's Hospital, Dr. Philip Berger, discusses the early days of HIV-AIDS treatment.

WATCH: AIDS Action Now's Tim McCaskell discusses the impact of the AIDS epidemic on the community and organizing activism.