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Characteristics of Women 50 Years of Age or Older With


American Journal of Public Health (11/96) Vol. 86, No. 11, P.

Of all the AIDS cases in women reported through December 1994, 9 percent were among women aged 50 and older, and most of these women contracted HIV through heterosexual contact. Little research has been done to determine the level of HIV risk behavior in older women. Barbara Schable and colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention interviewed HIV-positive women in this age group and report on their sociodemographic characteristics and sexual and other risk behaviors. They found that older women were more likely than younger women to live alone, not to have completed high school, to be tested for HIV while hospitalized, and never to have used a condom before testing positive for HIV. The CDC researchers conclude that physicians should try harder to recognize HIV risk behavior in older women, should encourage HIV testing, and should promote condom use.


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