Screen & Diagnose Older Adults for HIV/AIDS
Older adults are not routinely screened and assessed for HIV/AIDS. Chiao et al (1999) stated that, "Health care professionals rarely consider sexually transmitted diseases in the elderly. In several studies, routine HIV testing in the elderly was shown to be uncommon." As a result, infection is not detected early at a stage when it can be most readily treated and the risk of transmission to others is increased. Differential diagnosis may be challenging given the association of symptoms with multiple conditions.
Important Things to Remember:
“Very often physicians don’t ask the right questions, so HIV is unlikely to be pursued.”(AIDS Alert, 1995)
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