Public Health
01.11.2013

Over 10% of people with HIV has surpassed the 50s

Each year 100,000 people over 50 are infected. The envelhcimento of carriers worldwide authorities concerned

Foto: Unaids
The vast majority of older people with AIDS are in poor countries. But 30% of the population infected in the first world have already passed the house 50
The vast majority of older people with AIDS are in poor countries. But 30% of the population infected in the first world have already passed the house 50

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS) is calling attention to the epidemic of the virus in people over 50 years

According to the agency, more than 35 million worldwide are living with HIV and of this total, 3.6 million (about 10%) has surpassed the 50s. The majority (2.9 million) live in countries of low and middle income. In developed countries people over 50 years living with the virus has grown to over 30% of total pacentes with AIDS.

The director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, warning that the adults of this age often do not receive treatment and need to be integrated into health services.

The agency believes that the "aging of the HIV epidemic" has three causes: the success of antiretroviral therapy, which is prolonging the lives of people with HIV and decreasing the incidence among young adults, a combination of risk behaviors such as sex without protection and injecting drug use; diagnótico and late disease.

<b> Epidemic Numbers </ b>

Each year, are infected with 100,000 people in this age group in low and middle incomes. About 75% in sub-Saharan Africa.

The agency emphasizes that prevention aimed at people aged as HIV testing is essential. Health services need to reflect the needs of this group, since immunity is lower in older people.

UNAIDS also reveals that people over 50 years living with HIV are more vulnerable and therefore the survival rate between them is smaller.

Source: Isaude.net