Introduction & Learning Objectives of the Module

“Older people are probably the least-educated group about AIDS.” Nathan Linsk, professor of social work at the University of Illinois- Chicago, 2004

New research shows that almost half of those with HIV are age 50 or above.reference(Scheer, S. et al. 6th IAS; Rome, Italy; July 17-20, 2011. Abst. TUPE131.)

  • Health care professionals and older adults aren’t aware that older adults are at risk.
  • Older adults know less about the disease, about their risk, and about prevention.
  • The time from diagnosis to death in most older adults is shorter than that for younger adults.
  • Health care professionals fail to screen for HIV/AIDS in their older patients.
  • Health care professionals fail to talk to their patients about how to prevent infection.

This learning module is designed for healthcare providers who care for older adults.  The purpose is to increase their awareness of the facts about HIV/AIDS and their older patients, to help them screen and diagnose their patients who are at risk, and to strengthen their prevention efforts.  

Learning Objectives

By completing this module, the learner will be able to:
  • Recognize and relate the risks of HIV/AIDS in older adults
  • List ways in which older adults are different from younger adults as regards HIV/AIDS
  • Relate barriers that health care professionals encounter in relation to HIV/AIDS and older adults
  • Demonstrate how to talk to older adults about their risks for HIV/AIDS
  • Screen, test and diagnose older adults who are at risk for HIV/AIDS
  • Develop methods to prevent HIV/AIDS infection in older adults
  • Integrate learning into care of older adults

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