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Persons Aged 50 and Older

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The number of persons aged 50 years and older living with HIV/AIDS has been increasing in recent years. This increase is partly due to highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), which has made it possible for many HIV-infected persons to live longer, and partly due to newly diagnosed infections in persons over the age of 50. As the US population continues to age, it is important to be aware of specific challenges faced by older Americans and to ensure that they get information and services to help protect them from infection.


HIV/AIDS in 2005
(based on data from 33 states with long-term, confidential name-based HIV reporting)

Persons aged 50 and older accounted for

  • 15% of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses [1]
  • 24% of persons living with HIV/AIDS (increased from 17% in 2001) [1]

Additionally, in 2005, there were racial/ethnic disparities in HIV/AIDS diagnoses among persons 50 years of age and older. The rates of HIV/AIDS among persons 50 and older were 12 times as high among blacks (51.7/100,000) and 5 times as high among Hispanics (21.4/100,000) compared with whites (4.2/100,000) [2].

AIDS in 2005

Persons aged 50 years and older accounted for

  • 19% of all AIDS diagnoses [1]
  • 29% of persons living with AIDS [1]
  • 35% of all deaths of persons with AIDS [1].

Estimated Numbers of Cases of HIV/AIDS, by Age—2005

Estimated Numbers of Cases of 
									HIV/AIDS, by Age—2005; No. = 37,331

Based on data from 33 states with long-term, confidential name-based HIV reporting.

Last Modified: February 12, 2008
Last Reviewed: February 12, 2008
Content Source:
Divisions of HIV/AIDS Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention

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