Botucatu, SP, Brazil. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 11 elderly people who were found to be infected with the virus at the age of 60 years or older. The interviews were analyzed using content analysis. In this process four categories emerged, then analyzed with reference to the theoretical framework of vulnerability. Issues related to sexual life of the elderly are only questioned by health professionals after the diagnosis, also the time that condom use becomes absolute.
You may have thought that these diseases aren't your problem and that only younger people have to worry about them. But, anyone at any age can be infected with HIV. HIV human immunodeficiency virus is a virus that damages and weakens the body's immune system—the system your body uses to fight off infection and disease. Having HIV puts a person in danger of experiencing other life-threatening infections and certain cancers. When the body cannot fight off infections and some other diseases anymore, HIV can lead to a serious illness called AIDS acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. When someone has AIDS, they are more likely to get infections, and more vulnerable to unusual forms of cancers and other serious diseases.
Though new HIV diagnoses b are declining among people aged 50 and older, around 1 in 6 HIV diagnoses in were in this group. Download and Share This Infographic image icon. Source: CDC. It is important for people aged 50 and older to know their HIV status so they can take medicine to treat HIV if they have the virus.
Bonaventura C. Globally there is an increase in the number of people living with HIV at an advanced age 50 years and above. This is mainly due to prolonged survival following the use of highly active antiretroviral therapy.