The aging population living with HIV/AIDS and its effect on shifting health care service needs were the focus of a September 18 hearing of the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Today about 30% of those with HIV/AIDS are older than 50 years, and that proportion is projected to reach 50% by 2020.
“The fact that we are here today focusing on older Americans with HIV/AIDS represents progress. What was once a death sentence is now a disease that, while still devastating, there are strategies to manage,” said committee chairman Sen Bill Nelson (D, Fla) in a release. “This so-called ‘graying’ of HIV/AIDS comes with a need to refocus our work on the new challenges brought forth by this changing epidemic.”
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