HIV and the older adult
Infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is now considered a chronic disease of years rather than an acute condition resulting in death. AIDS in older adults accounts for 11% of all AIDS cases. This article discusses current epidemiological trends and statistics; HIV risk factors related to aging; immunity and the aging process; diagnosis and treatment challenges; as well as gerontological nursing implications related to HIV prevention and counseling for adults age 50 and older. HIV infection is preventable. Nurses have a unique opportunity to develop theory-based intervention programs to reduce risk behaviors, while encouraging healthy behaviors in the older adult population.
Scholar Commons Citation
Bachus, M.A., "HIV and the older adult " (1998). Mental Health Law & Policy Faculty Publications. 236.