AIDS and the Elderly
In recent years, researchers have begun to consider the risk of AIDS in the older population. People over age 50 comprise 10% of new cases annually. Risk factors of older people include: infrequent use condoms, rarely being tested for HIV by physicians, and a higher than average incidence of transfusion. Since AIDS can develop many years after HIV exposure, prevention among the elderly needs to be considered. Also, as apparent by the findings in other chapters, the elderly continue to be sexually active and many must seek new partners after the deaths of their partners. The risk of HIV infection is there for both elderly heterosexuals and elderly homosexuals.
Other risk factors for HIV which exist for people at any age are having multiple sexual partners, receiving a transfusion between 1978 and 1984, hemophiliacs, using drugs by injection, and having a risky sexual partner. Little information is available to determine how many of the growing number of sexually active elderly population is at risk since these variables have not been included in recent studies of elderly sexual behavior.
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In this article, the authors discuss the kinds of AIDS programs that are needed and whom the programs should be