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HIV Rise in Elderly

Aug 15, 2017 by Anonymous

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the percentage of seniors living with human immunodeficiency virus, HIV, has grown in recent years, and it is only expected to rise due to the increase of treatment and drug therapies. This rise also may be related to the fact that some seniors aren’t as educated about the risk of HIV and may not know what safe sex practices to follow. This may be true especially for widowed or divorced seniors who have stepped back into the dating world and are sexually active.

Your loved one or their partners may not bring up the subject of HIV due to many reasons, whether it is from embarrassment, fear, or general lack of knowledge. Ensuring your loved ones are aware of the risks associated with HIV is important because it can be life-threatening if not treated properly.


If your loved ones have HIV it may take weeks, months, or even years for any symptoms to show up—and sometimes there are no symptoms at all. But within two-to-four weeks, most people experience flu-like symptoms such as;

  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches

Sometimes symptoms associated with HIV in seniors can be mistaken for degenerative conditions and may be overlooked.


While there is no way to cure HIV there are some treatments that are available to help control the symptoms and reduce the risk of transmission. Antiretroviral therapy, also known as ART is a combination of different medications, and is one way of treating HIV.  

Comfort Keepers® can Help

Comfort Keepers in Racine offers a range of in-home services including monitoring of medications to help keep your aging loved one healthy. Our compassionate and professional caregivers—called Comfort Keepers® can also take your aging loved ones to scheduled medical appointments to make sure they are receiving proper treatment for HIV.

To learn more about how our Comfort Keepers can provide your loved ones with the proper care so they can live a healthy, safe, and independent life call us at (262) 299-0320 or click here.




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