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Assisted Living Companies Say Percentage of Seniors Infected with HIV Is On The Rise

Assisted living companies are concerned with the new statistic that declares almost 30% of all people with AIDS in the United States are aged 50 or over. Just under 10 years ago, the average was hovering a little below 20%. On the general whole, the number of people within the older demographic who are being diagnosed with AIDS is gradually increasing. Assisted living companies have recognized 3 different categories of the senior population infected with HIV. This includes seniors who have been living with HIV for many years, HIV infected seniors who have just been diagnosed with their HIV status and older people newly infected with HIV. Another important aspect to these statistics is that close to half of the older people with AIDS have only been infected for one year or less. Because of these statistics assisted living companies are educating and making their residents aware of this deadly virus.

In the very beginning when HIV was first being studied, incidences of HIV in seniors were being treated before strong and effective anti-HIV drugs were available to patients for use. As a result of this, older patients tended to get sicker and died much faster than younger patients. Initially, the much weaker immune systems of older people was widely understood to be the blame for this. This is all in conjunction with the fact that older people usually have additional health problems that coincide with HIV.

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HIV studies have been conducted based on data from various assisted living companies across the nation. The studies reveal that older people actually respond much better to antiretroviral treatment than expected. Historically, older patients unless they are dysfunctional, take their medications on a more regular basis than younger patients. Due to their better adherence to dosage schedules and round the clock medical care that assisted living companies provide, this can clearly play a role in fighting the infection and allowing seniors to live longer.

As far as the ways the disease is contracted, older people get HIV in the same ways that younger people do. However their understanding of the risks of HIV infection is far less than younger generations. Seniors are timid about asking questions about HIV and as a result have stayed in the dark about this subject for quite some time. Assisted living companies are doing their best to shed light on this issue for seniors. They are educating seniors on how to protect themselves from contracting the virus and at the same time handle their other health issues. Some HIV drugs can react with their other already existing health conditions. Assisted living companies make sure seniors follow an effective HIV treatment that is compatible with other medication they are taking. HIV drugs seem to work as well in older people as it does in younger people, though seniors may have CD4 cell counts which are lower.

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About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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