Fact: Nearly 25%
of all people living with HIV are 55 or older.*
Because of the antiretroviral treatments available, many people with HIV can live long, healthy lives. And because life expectancy for people with HIV has changed so much, the "normal" problems of aging (like memory loss or heart disease) can be worse. Make sure your healthcare provider knows if you have other conditions and what medications you take for them.
When it's HIV,
not just aging
Some people who are over 50 may not know they have symptoms of HIV because it feels like normal aging—mental confusion, vision problems, weight loss, pneumonia. If you're over 50, have some of these symptoms, and may have participated in activities that put you at risk of contracting HIV, make sure you get tested.
HIV isn't just a
young person's problem
A person's sex life doesn't just stop at 50—neither does their risk of getting—or giving someone—HIV. In fact, women over 50 may be more at risk of being infected.
People over 50 need to practice safe sex the same way people in their 20s do.