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    HIV, AIDS, and Older Adults

    Treatment and Prevention continued...

    Remember, HIV/AIDS is all about behaviors. By practicing all the following behaviors, you can greatly reduce your risk of getting HIV/AIDS:

    • 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 tested.

    Resources

    Health agencies in most cities offer HIV testing. The following national organizations have information about HIV/AIDS:

    AARP
    601 E Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20049
    202-434-2260
    http://www.aarp.org/griefandloss

    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 healthcare professionals.

    Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at The University of California, San Francisco
    74 New Montgomery Street
    Suite 600
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    415-597-9100
    http://www.caps.ucsf.edu

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National AIDS Hotline
    1-800-342-AIDS
    1-800-344-7432 for Spanish
    1-800-243-7889 (TTY)
    http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/hivinfo/nah.htm
    hiv@ashastd.org

    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
    1-800-458-5231
    1-800-243-7012 (TTY)
    info@cdc.npin.org

    This clearinghouse offers free government publications and information.

    National Association on HIV Over Fifty
    c/o Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center
    808 S. Wood Street, MSC 779
    Chicago, IL 60612
    312-996-1373
    www.hivoverfifty.org

    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
    Office of Communications
    Building 31, Room 7A32
    Bethesda, MD 220892
    http://www.niaid.nih.gov

    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
    212-741-2247
    http://www.sageusa.org

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