Meet Diane* - Mother, Grandmother & HIV-positive
* Diane's name has been changed to protect her confidentiality.
Many Baby Boomers developed their sexual identities during an age of “free love”. Oral contraception became readily available and later on in life, so did treatments for erectile dysfunction. Many older adults are newly single, widowed or have grown children, making sexual activity a more active part of their life. And many of this group are either uncomfortable with condom usage or feel it is unnecessary due to their age. Given all this information, it’s no wonder that, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 15% of all new HIV/AIDS cases occur in people age 50 and older. More than 25,000 people age 50 and older were diagnosed with HIV between 2003 and 2006 in the United States. In fact, among AIDS Resource Center Ohio’s HIV-positive clients, 23% are aged 50 and older.
Just ask recent 57 year old AIDS Resource Center Ohio client, Diane.
*Joe's name has been changed to protect his confidentiality
As a person who has lived (HIV Positive) since 1990, I am relatively surprised to still be alive. It has only been with the help and support of my local AIDS Resource Center that I have maintained a positive attitude and have met my financial obligations.