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Growing Older With HIV: What Concerns You Most?


Wayne Smith

Wayne Smith

Samaritan Ministry, Knoxville, Tenn.

It's difficult to talk about HIV with older folks -- the "grey hairs" -- because you don't want to be graphic, and turn people off; then they don't listen. But there is obviously a problem with more infections in that age group. With me, it's about finding the right way to have those conversations without being offensive, too graphic, maybe adding humor and getting people to think about who they are and where they are in their lives -- especially older single adults. And there's lots of them! I mean, our country is just becoming populated with older single adults -- and they're not dead.

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