Many High-Risk Older Black Women Are Uninterested in Receiving HIV Tests, Study Finds
August 9, 2007
Few women older than age 50, particularly black women, find it necessary to undergo testing for HIV even though many of the women have a moderate- to high-risk of exposure, according to a study published in the Journal of Women's Health, United Press International reports.
One-third of the participants who were not interested in HIV testing reported lifetime risk factors for the disease, Akers said. "Yet, in part because of a lack of education and prevention efforts targeted at older populations, older women appear to be less capable of accurately assessing their lifetime risk of HIV even when they have significant risk factors and live in communities with high rates of infection," Akers said. She added, "We need to design prevention strategies and AIDS education for this vulnerable population and help providers to incorporate HIV risk screening into the services offered to older women from high-prevalence communities" (ANI/DailyIndia.com, 8/8).
An abstract of the study is available online. Note: You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the report.
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