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U.S. News

Maryland: HIV/AIDS Population Aging

October 11, 2011

People older than age 50 are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. HIV/AIDS population. In fact, CDC estimates that by 2015, they will comprise more than half of those infected.

A recent survey by the Greater Baltimore HIV Health Services Planning Council found that two-thirds of HIV/AIDS patients in the region are ages 45 to 64. The council's previous survey, conducted seven years ago, found that most patients were 25 to 44.

Improved treatment has made it possible for patients to live longer lives, yet their survival raises other issues. Older patients may lack support for coping with the disease, and those who have unprotected sex may be at risk of spreading the virus to others.

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