HIV, AIDS, and Older Adults
Treatment and Prevention
There is no cure for HIV/AIDS. Once you are infected, there are
a number of medical treatments available to help keep the HIV virus in check
and to help guard against AIDS. If there's any chance you might be infected,
get tested. Early medical treatment is important, especially for middle-aged
and older people. Your doctor or medical provider can give you information
about the kinds of treatments available. Doctors and medical providers should
talk to patients about the risk of HIV/AIDS, get the patient's sex and drug
histories, and encourage HIV testing if there is any chance that the patient
has been infected.
Remember, HIV/AIDS is all about behaviors. By practicing
all the following behaviors, you can greatly reduce your risk of getting
- If you are having sex, make sure your partner is HIV negative.
- Use male or female condoms (latex or polyurethane) during sex.
- Do not share needles or any other drug-use paraphernalia.
- If you or your partner had a blood transfusion between 1978 and 1985, or an
operation or blood transfusion in a developing country at any time, get
Health agencies in most cities offer HIV testing. The following
national organizations have information about HIV/AIDS:
601 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20049
AARP has information on HIV/AIDS and its impact on mid-life and
older adults. Ask about "It Can Happen to Me," a 28-minute videotape
and discussion guide (available for loan or sale) for older adults or
Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at The University of
California, San Francisco
74 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National
1-800-344-7432 for Spanish
The hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It offers
general information and referrals to resources in your area.
CDC National Prevention Information Network
PO Box 6003
Rockville, MD 20849
This clearinghouse offers free government publications and
National Association on HIV Over Fifty
c/o Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center
808 S. Wood Street, MSC 779
Chicago, IL 60612
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Office of Communications
Building 31, Room 7A32
Bethesda, MD 220892
Part of the National Institutes of Health, the NIAID provides
information about AIDS research and clinical trials.
Senior Action in a Gay Environment (SAGE)
305 7th Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10001
SAGE provides HIV/AIDS information and referrals for people age
50 and over.
Social Security Administration
Call your local office or: