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Identification of Factors That Reduce Rates of Detection of HIV/AIDS among Women 50 Years and Older

Marilyn S. Spearman and Jacquelyn A. Bolden
Journal of African American Studies
Vol. 9, No. 2 (September 2005), pp. 51-59
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41819085
Page Count: 9
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Identification of Factors That Reduce Rates of Detection of HIV/AIDS among Women 50 Years and Older
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Abstract

The number of cases among the elderly, both men and women, diagnosed with HIV/AIDS continues to increase, in spite of new educational and prevention efforts. Many factors appear to contribute to this phenomenon. The elderly population is living longer, however they are more at risk because of chronic illnesses and more complex health problems. Additionally, many common conditions suffered by elderly women could mask symptoms of HIV/AIDS. It is a certainty that many women 50 years and older do not get diagnosed for HIV/AIDS at all or they receive a diagnosis in later stages. Health and human service providers need to be aware of the problem of under-diagnosis and misdiagnosis of HIV/AIDS and create appropriate solutions for the population(s) of women affected.

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