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HIV/AIDS

26 August 2011

HIV in old age

While the focus of HIV and Aids interventions has always been on the 20-40-year-olds most likely to be infected, experts warn that the elderly also have to be considered.

While the focus of HIV and Aids interventions has always been on the 20-40-year-olds most likely to be infected, African democracy institute Idasa warns that health workers and social planners have neglected to take into account the elderly who have contracted the virus – and their numbers are growing.

The study, HIV and AIDS and the Older Adult, by Mwanja Ng'anjo & Christèle Diwouta, points out that old age could disguise the symptoms of HIV and Aids, leaving it undetected and untreated as health workers and social services focus their attention on the younger population. This could have serious consequences as older adults may fall through the treatment net.

 

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