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Have You Missed Diagnosing HIV Among The Aging Population? Learn From The Experience of Washington, D.C.
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Reported by Jules Levin
2012 International Conference on AIDS
Ronald Swanda, Volunteer Advocate for Seniors in D.C. Michael Kharfen, D.C. Department of Health, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration
National HIV/AIDS Strategy: "The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination." (Emphasis Added)


"Our findings, based on nationally representative data indicate that the majority of older adults are engaged in spousal or other intimate relationships and regard sexuality as an important part of life. The prevalence of sexual activity declines with age, yet a substantial number of men and women engage in vaginal intercourse, oral sex, and masturbation even in the eighth and ninth decades of life."
A Study of Sexuality and Health among Older Adults in the United States"; Stacy Tessler Lindau, M.D., M.A.P.P.,; New Engl J Med 2007; 357:762-774; August 23, 2007


"Sexual Behaviors, Condom Use, and Sexual Health of Americans Over 50: Implications for Sexual Promotion for Older Adults"; J Sex Med 2010; 7 (suppl 5); 315-329



DC HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Annual Epidemiology Report 2011



D.C. Workshop, "HIV and Seniors" (2010) DC Health Care Provider Survey (DC Dept. of Health/GBC Health) 2011




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