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The number of cases of AIDS (the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, which is caused by HIV infection) in women older than 50 years of age is on the rise.
In a recent 5 year period, the number of new HIV cases among older women increased by 40%. It’s not just a disease that affects young people or drug users or gay men.
If you don't have a health care provider, contact a hospital or health center for a list of test sites. In most states, the tests are private, and you can choose to take the test without giving your name.
At present, over one-quarter of all HIV/AIDS patients are over 50. According to last year’s White House AIDS and Aging meeting, "Older age is not a safety net that protects people from getting HIV.Poverty, migration patterns, lower educational level, and language barriers may make it harder for some Hispanics/Latinos to get HIV testing and care.