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5 Reasons Why Seniors Are at Risk for HIV


Bias and Stigma

Bias and Stigma

For many people over 50, the thought of being at risk for HIV doesn't cross their minds. But they're not alone in this thought: There are way too many doctors and health care workers who refuse to acknowledge that older people are having sex. And we all know that couldn't be further from the truth.

According to a study by the University of Chicago, 60 percent of men and 37 percent of women 50 years old and above report engaging in sexual intercourse a few times per month.

This particular silence poses some serious problems, especially since older people are less likely to talk about their sex lives or drug use with their doctors. And so if doctors are not leading the conversation about risky behaviors, they are missing prime opportunities to test and educate, which in the end only places people over 50 further at risk. Perhaps this is why so many older people are being diagnosed with HIV with extremely low CD4 counts and serious HIV-related health issues.

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Comment by: Jack o'lanter (san diego) Sat., Mar. 14, 2015 at 4:05 am EDT
Idiot this was around in our time and even before and we are in our 60's. Its just that there are plenty of ignorant people around believing this bs that your saying.
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Comment by: Raa (San Diego) Sun., Dec. 14, 2014 at 12:16 pm EST
Everything is either fatting, unhealthy, immoral, or against the law. Choose your poison.
No one is getting out of here alive anyway but you are home free because creators are responsible for the outcome of their creations as well as their creations. ( : > )
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Comment by: Lars (Amsterdam, Netherlands) Sat., Mar. 8, 2014 at 4:33 pm EST
Here in the Netherlands and other parts of north- and western Europe gaymen over 50 years began to feel frustrated about a whole sexual live with condoms and many will think; let's finally enjoy bare. Gaymen usually have no children and getting really old will mean a lonely, depressed life for many of them. So they will think let's enjoy bare now in our last decades of sexual chanches.
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Comment by: Herman W (Piscataway, NJ) Fri., Dec. 28, 2012 at 8:24 am EST
Eventhough when have made some progress in stomping out HIV infection, we should not get complacent and feel like the fight is over. HIV is always looking for an opening to attack. So with that said, I think that (and this comment is from someone who has struggle with survival for over 20 yrs)we should bomb the groups that are most vulnerable with education and seminars on transmission and prevention, keep HIV infection on our top agenda in schools and stop spreading rumors like the we have beat this virus. There is no cure for AIDS or HIV infection-and that is a fact.
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Comment by: ED (Phoenix, CA) Wed., Dec. 12, 2012 at 5:53 am EST
You should add that senior men w/o partners might decide to engage in risky sex with prostitutes. Also, men with ED can't use condoms and don't know oral sex can also transmit HIV and STDs.
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Comment by: Sulaiman mr.Lecturer (Bauchi,Nigeria.) Thu., Nov. 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm EST
Yes the seniors might be at that risky because they lack backgroud of sex education,peer education and god fearing.
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Comment by: English Teacher (Southwest FL) Wed., Nov. 21, 2012 at 8:59 am EST
Does anyone PROOF their work anymore? There are MANY missing words in this article.
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