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HIV Wisdom for Older Women is an organization dedicated to prevention and care. Recognizing a need for awareness and support for older women affected by HIV, the group was formed in 2002 to serve this under-represented community, and to educate older women about HIV.
The Well Project, Inc A Not For Profit Corporation, is an initiative conceived, developed, and administered by HIV+ women and those who are affected by this disease.
NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life.
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611

Older women are often overlooked in HIV prevention because it is incorrectly assumed that they no longer engage in sexual relations—though many, of course, do. But most don't realize that this activity can put them at risk of becoming infected with a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

  • Nearly 10 percent (9.5) of AIDS cases in the U.S. female population are said to be in women older than age 50; and, numbers of cases are expected to increase, as women of all ages survive longer due to improved drug therapy and other treatment advances.
  • In the last decade, AIDS cases in women over 50 were reported to have tripled, while heterosexual transmission rates in this age group may have increased as much as 106 percent. But, because not all U.S. states report HIV infections, it is impossible to know how many older American women are HIV-infected, but not diagnosed with AIDS.

Source: HIV Wisdom for Older Women
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Key Point 1

Age is not an effective protection against sexually transmitted diseases—you can get them at any age.  If you are sexually active, talk to your doctor about what you can do to protect your health.

Key Point 2

While prevention is key to reducing the incidence of all sexually transmitted diseases, treatments for hiv—and even aids—are remarkably effective for patients of all ages.

 

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