Over-50s HIV rates rising21st July 2010
Figures released by the Health Protection Agency have revealed a sharp rise in the number of people aged 50 and above with HIV.
The data has shown that the number of people infected with the virus has increased from 299 in 2000 to 710 in 2007.
The HPA said in 2008 7,382 people were diagnosed with the virus, of whom 8% were aged 50 or above.
Ruth Smith, who headed the HPA study, said: "We estimate that nearly half of older adults diagnosed between 2000 and 2007 were infected at age 50 or over. This highlights the importance of HIV testing - whatever your age."
She added that it was important to carry on emphasising how important it was for people to have safe sex, in order to make certain people do not catch infections such as HIV.
The researchers said it was a cause for concern that 50% of people had a late diagnosis of the virus, as if HIV is treated quickly there is less chance of it being spread and there are more ways of treating it.
Dr Valerie Delpech, head of HIV surveillance at the HPA, said: "HIV remains a serious infection particularly when diagnosed late. The fact that we've seen an increase in the number of older adults getting diagnosed, and in particular getting diagnosed late, highlights the need for raised awareness in that age group."
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Wednesday 21st July 2010 @ 21:43
This is a non story designed I suppose to support the AIDS industry.. As the Americans say do the math. In 2008 7328 new HIV infections out of a population of what 55 million, of which 8% are diagnoses of people aged over 50. Absolute number about 590. How many people aged over 50 are there and how often do they have sex? Absolute risk of contracting HIV per sexual encounter in UK is near zero. Absolute risk for anyone aged over 50 even less.
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Title: Over-50s HIV rates rising
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 15562
Date Added: 21st Jul 2010