HIV/AIDS Cases Rise Sharply for N.J. Senior Citizens in Recent Years
April 2, 2010
Through December 2008, state health officials had logged 1,282 persons age 65 or over who were living with HIV/AIDS. Women represented 32 percent of these patients. The number of HIV/AIDS cases among those 65 and older grew by 17.5 percent between 2007 and 2008, said Marilyn Riley, spokesperson for the state Department of Health and Senior Services. "It all stems from people thinking that seniors are not sexually active," said Caitlyn Flynn, program coordinator for the New Jersey Women and AIDS Network. Doctors, therefore, tend not to look for indicators of HIV/AIDS in senior patients. "We are not asking them questions as if they are sexually active and not giving them the information they need," Flynn said.
03.31.2010; Barry Carter
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.