What Makes Older Adults Different?
- Are less knowledgeable about HIV/AIDS
- Behave in ways that puts them at greater risk.
- Are different because of their physical condition
- Have not received prevention messages
- Are less likely to be screened and receive early intervention
- Are more likely to have a severe HIV/AIDS disease course
- More likely to have a delayed diagnosis
- More likely to have shorter AIDS free interval from HIV+ diagnosis to AIDS diagnosis
- More likely to have a higher number of opportunistic infections
- More likely to experience a rapid course of illness and a shorter survival rate
- Are more likely to be stigmatized and lack social support
||A woman who has spoken out about her infection with HIV. Jane was one of the founders of the National Association on HIV over Fifty (www.hivoverfifty.com), Jane became infected through heterosexual contact with a man she was dating in the mid 1980s.
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