HIV in People Over 50
What Is HIV/AIDS?
Older Adults Less Knowledgeable of the Risks
- Keep condoms handy and always use a latex condom during sex with someone whose disease status you do not know. Think of it as having sex with everyone your partner has ever had sex with.
- Learn how to talk about sex and to negotiate protective barriers with potential partners.
- Do not share needles.
Talk to Your Doctor
Center for AIDS Prevention Studies http://www.caps.ucsf.edu
The New England Association on HIV Over Fifty http://www.hivoverfifty.org
Canadian AIDS Society http://www.cdnaids.ca
Canadian Public Health Association http://www.cpha.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 02/2014 -
- Update Date: 02/03/2014 -