July 1, 2008
HIV Cases Double Among Georgia Seniors
The number of HIV/AIDS cases among people over 50 doubled in Georgia over the past decade, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (ajc.com 6/29).
According to the article, doctors maintain that older adults and seniors get little information about how to protect themselves from HIV and are the least likely age group to be tested.
“A lot of times, HIV and other STDs just aren’t discussed between older patients and their doctors,” said Veronika Steenpass, who is finishing her residency at Emory University. “It may be from a stereotype that older people are not sexually active.”
The newspaper reports, however, that organizations such as AID Atlanta, a nonprofit that offers HIV/AIDS services, are bolstering efforts to provide educational programs at senior centers, nursing homes and church settings.
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