New York City Provides No-Cost Condoms, HIV Tests to Elderly in Effort to Prevent Spread of Virus
July 27, 2007
The New York City Department for the Aging is providing no-cost condoms and HIV tests to the city's elderly population in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus throughout the group, the AP/Forbes reports. According to Bernard Branson, associate director for laboratory diagnostics in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at CDC, people ages 50 to 64 accounted for 14% of new HIV diagnoses in 2005, and people ages 65 and older accounted for about 2% of diagnoses.
According to the AP/Forbes, smaller campaigns aimed at the elderly also are under way in other cities, including Baltimore. Nancy Orel, a professor of gerontology at Bowling Green State University is organizing a workshop for seniors that will provide no-cost condoms and HIV tests (Matthews, AP/Forbes, 7/25).
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