As Monday, December 1st was World AIDS Day, folks have been blogging all week in efforts to raise AIDS awareness. So we say - better late than never!
I found a local piece from NorwichBulletin.com that talks about how while AIDS is assumed by many to be a young person's condition, more older people have the condition than generally thought. Here are some stats just in Connecticut:
Since 1980 through June 30 of this year, the Connecticut Department of Public Health reported 4,800 Connecticut citizens older than 50 living with HIV or AIDS. That represents 37 percent of all cases. In the first six months of this year, 27 new cases were reported in people older than 50. The highest numbers of new cases were reported in the 40 to 49 age group. The second highest numbers were in people older than 50.
Looking at general U.S. statistics, I found that 42% of diagnoses of HIV in 2006 were of people over the age of 40. So while we remember the loved ones we've lost to AIDS and work towards raising awareness, let's also remember that this condition effects all people - and all ages.
AARP has a piece on this, "Speaking Out for a Ground Once Unheard Of - Aging with AIDS." It's not to miss.