Title

HIV and the Older Adult

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1-1998

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.3928/0098-9134-19981101-11

Abstract

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.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Journal of Gerontological Nursing, v. 25, issue 11, p. 41-46

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