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- What percentage of persons living with HIV in Illinois are aged 50 or older?
- Persons aged 50 and older with HIV can live longer now than at the beginning of the HIV epidemic primarily because of:
- Safe sex practices
- Better nutrition
- Advances in HIV medication therapy
- For persons aged 50 and older, what action most directly helps to achieve viral suppression – a low or undetectable amount of HIV in the blood?
- Antiretroviral therapy (ART)
- Treatment as prevention
- Why is it important for adults aged 50 and older to discuss getting tested for HIV with their doctor when they don’t feel well?
- Health care providers may not always think to test older persons for HIV because they are considered at low risk of getting HIV.
- Signs of HIV may be mistaken for symptoms of aging or of age-related conditions. Consequently, testing to diagnose the condition may not include HIV testing.
- If testing is delayed, HIV is more likely to progress to AIDS and lead to a poorer prognosis and shorter survival time.
- All of the above.
- In Illinois, what percentage of HIV diagnoses among persons aged 50 or older are “late diagnoses” – HIV is diagnosed when the individual has late-stage HIV, or AIDS?
- Of those aged 50 and older who stay in care, 4 of 5 of them do what?
- Participate in support groups
- Achieve viral suppression – a low or undetectable amount of HIV in the blood
- Receive mental health care