HIV-related medical issues in older people.

S. J. Kasper, T. A. Cavalieri

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Abstract

HIV disease most commonly affects the young and middle-aged adults, but 11 percent of new cases are diagnosed in persons of 50 years or older. Many physicians are slow to diagnose HIV in older people and rarely question them about HIV-related risk behaviors. This is due, in part, to the common misperception that older people are not at risk for HIV infection, and symptoms of HIV disease, such as weight loss and depression, can be mistaken for symptoms of aging. Because the older patient population often receives delayed diagnosis, it is important for health care providers to screen these patients for HIV infection more actively and often.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-6
Number of pages2
JournalFocus (San Francisco, Calif.)
Volume14
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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