In older adults signs of hiv infection may be mistaken for symptoms of aging or of age related conditions consequently hiv testing is often not offered to older adults for these reasons hiv is more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage in many older adults when diagnosed late hiv is more likely to advance to aids. The number of older people with hiv is growing in part thats because improved treatments are helping people with the disease live longer but thousands of older people are also newly diagnosed . Hiv aids and older adults more than half of all people living with hiv in the united states are age 50 and older estimates show that by 2020 65 70 of those living with hiv will age 50 and older. Also older people may not consider themselves to be at risk of hiv infection or may mistake hiv symptoms for those of normal aging and not consider hiv as a cause among people aged 55 and older who received an hiv diagnosis in 2015 50 had hiv 45 years before diagnosis the longest diagnosis delay for any age group. Older adults might be coping with other diseases and the aches and pains of normal aging that can mask the signs of hiv aids some older people may feel ashamed or afraid of being tested plus doctors do not always think to test older people for hiv
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