AIDS Educ Prev. 1999 Jun;11(3):224-31. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE
Although the AIDS epidemic has had a major impact on the lives of women
throughout the world, there is little knowledge regarding risk factors,
transmission factors, prevention methods, and results of prevention
efforts for older women, even though almost 10% of all AIDS cases in the
United States are among those 50 years and older. This article reports
results on AIDS knowledge and risks from the Massachusetts Women's
Health Study, a longitudinal community-based study of middle-aged women.
AIDS-related questions were asked of this sample at their last study
interview, which occurred in 1995 when the women were aged 58-67.
Results indicate that this sample of older, predominantly Caucasian
women are quite knowledgeable about transmission factors but are less
knowledgeable about early interventions and their own risk status. Many
are also likely to know someone with HIV or AIDS. Even though these
women are generally at low risk, they may be at higher risk than they
perceive. They may also be significant disseminators of knowledge to
friends and relatives who may be at risk, and thus could represent an
important target group for AIDS educational programs.
JOURNAL ARTICLE Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/*PREVENTION &
CONTROL Adult Age Factors Aged Comparative Study Data
Interpretation, Statistical Education Female Human Interviews
*Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice Marital Status Massachusetts Middle
Age Questionnaires Risk Factors Software Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.