There’s an eye-opening article in the NY Times today about being an advocate for older adults diagnosed with H.I.V. and AIDS.
There is an alarming rate of infection among older Americans. In 2005, 15 percent of new H.I.V. and AIDS diagnoses were among people over the age of 50, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet government recommendations call for routine AIDS screening only up to age 64, omitting the elderly population.
“What about people 65 and older?” Mr. Gold asked. “They’re having unprotected sex, they’re using drugs.”
He says that is why he continues his advocacy for people with AIDS and for stronger prevention efforts.
Want to get more involved as an Advocate for this issue in our area? Here is a good website to start at: http://www.aaacap.org/