HIV infection is rising among over 50s across the world, figures show

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 27 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4064
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

    The number of HIV infections is rising among older people across the world because those aged over 50 have been seriously neglected in global campaigns against the epidemic, experts warn.

    Recent reports from the United Kingdom and the United States show that the prevalence of HIV infection in people aged over 50 years has risen rapidly in recent years. This is thought to be due to drugs helping people live longer, greater use of drugs such as sildenafil (Viagra), meaning that older people are having more sex, and a low level of awareness of HIV in this group. And figures from the few African countries that collect data for this age group indicate that infections are increasing among older people because HIV prevention messages do not reach them.

    The percentage of over 50s infected with HIV in South Africa is now higher than in the 15-24 year old age group, which has …

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