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Continued counseling essential as women with HIV age

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Washington D.C. [USA] | November 15, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
A new study recently compared HIV-positive women over 50 years of age with their younger HIV-infected cohorts.

It found that while the older women were less likely to be sexually active and to report condomless sex with a male partner, those who were sexually active were not as likely to undergo screening for gonorrhea, chlamydia or syphilis as their younger counterparts.

The authors emphasised the importance of reinforcing sexual risk-reduction messages for older patients living with HIV.

The article was coauthored by Madeline Sutton and colleagues from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and ICF International (Atlanta, GA), and Boston Medical Center (MA).

Overall, the group of women over 50 years of age had better HIV clinical status. They were more likely to be on antiretroviral therapy (ART), to be medication adherent, and to have sustained viral load suppression, and they were less likely to report depression.

"While this study reveals some positive findings for older women with HIV in terms of their clinical status, only 42% of the women over 50 years of age reported receiving counseling on HIV/STI prevention by their health care providers," said Susan G. Kornstein, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Women's Health. "Continued counseling is essential as women with HIV age, to protect them and their partners."

The study is published in Journal of Women's Health. (ANI)

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