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Covering HIV/AIDS and older adults

Janice Lynch Schuster
Janice Lynch Schuster

The CDC estimate that 636,000 people have died from AIDS in the United States since the virus was first identified in the early 1980s. Today, more than a million people live with HIV – however, nearly 20 percent do not know they are infected. Those over age 50 represent approximately 15 percent of the 50,000 new diagnoses annually, nearly one-fourth of all existing cases of HIV, and nearly 30 percent of those with AIDS.

What do you need to know about AIDS in the older population?

Janice Lynch Schuster runs down the facts and figures for reporters, as well as the public health challenges to preventing the disease and the ramifications for those living with it. She also lists story ideas and sources for your reporting

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