September 25, 2013 | by Staff reports
Longtime HIV survivors bring new challenges
Bill Nelson, United States Senate, Florida, Democratic Party, gay news, Washington Blade

“The so-called graying of the population comes with the need to refocus our work on these new challenges,” Sen. Bill Nelson said. Half of the HIV/AIDS population in the United States will be 50 or older by 2015. (Photo public domain)

WASHINGTON — Half of the HIV/AIDS population in the United States will be 50 or older by 2015, a pivotal development that brings new challenges to the treatment and prevention of the disease, experts told a congressional panel last week according to a report from McClatchy’s Washington bureau.

Drug resistance, other diseases, high rates of depression and a lack of prevention, screening and early diagnosis could all pose significant problems as the population of Americans with HIV or AIDS ages, they said during a hearing of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, according to the McClatchy article.

As research for a cure for AIDS continues, there is a vital need to examine the aging AIDS population, since any drug or vaccine must now work on an older population, said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., the committee’s chairman.

“The so-called graying of the population comes with the need to refocus our work on these new challenges,” Nelson said.

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