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Women 50 and Older and HIV: Prevention and Implications for Health Care Providers.

Authors
  • Coleman, Christopher Lance
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of gerontological nursing
Publication Date
Jun 26, 2017
Pages
1–6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3928/00989134-20170621-01
PMID: 28661541
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The current article discusses the importance of implementing HIV and AIDS education, prevention, and intervention programs that are tailored to women 50 and older and to determine HIV risk factors for this population. A literature search was performed, resulting in 41 relevant articles. The literature underscored the significance of increasing awareness of HIV/AIDS, particularly among older women. HIV risk behaviors and the effect that these behaviors have on HIV transmission and prevention among women 50 and older are described. Prior research findings identified risk categories of older women that may contribute to the transmission of HIV among this particular population, including heterosexual relations, perceived HIV risk, ageism and HIV transmission, biological factors, transfusions, sexual enhancement aids, and health care providers and prevention messages. In addition, previous findings indicate that health care providers have not traditionally targeted women 50 and older for HIV prevention. Health care providers should incorporate discussion of HIV risk and transmission during clinic visits and implement prevention programs that target this population. [Journal of Gerontological Nursing, xx(x), xx-xx.].

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