A year ago, HIV patient Louis Zimmerman considered himself sedentary. But thanks to his participation in a CU Anschutz exercise study, he now is able to walk his one-year-old poodle, Doodles, four times a day.
“I’m walking faster with more pep in my step,” says Zimmerman, 66, one of about 50 participants in a study of HIV-infected patients, run by Kristine Erlandson, MD, assistant professor of infectious diseases in the CU School of Medicine, with an adjunct appointment in geriatric medicine.
Erlandson, who is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease, specializes in treating frail and older HIV-infected patients. Affiliated with CU Anschutz since 2008, Erlandson also conducts research studies on patients who have lived decades with HIV.