National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness day is September 18.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV for short causes aids which leads to the body’s inability to fight infections. The virus is passed through blood, semen, or vaginal fluids. The symptoms of the initial infection are flu-like symptoms. After the first few weeks of being infected, patients are typically asymptomatic. HIV cases progress to AIDS cases at different rates. AIDS is greatly associated with weights loss.
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness day emphasizes the issues facing the aging population in regards to HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment. Living with the diagnosis of HIV is very treatable. Life expectancy for people living with HIV has increased with access to better care and treatment. People are living longer and aging with HIV. We are learning how the virus and medications complicate aging associated diseases. There is no cure for HIV.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also known as the CDC reports that people aged 55 and older account for 24% of the estimated 1.2 million people living with HIV infection in the United States in 2012. Older adults are more likely to be diagnosed with the disease. CompassionCare Hospice of Las Vegas, Nevada knows the importance of highlighting this challenging topic.