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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Knowledge of Modes of Transmission of HIV Among Seniors in Upstate NY

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2005, persons over the age of 50 accounted for 15% of HIV incidence, 24% of persons living with HIV/AIDS and 35% of all deaths due to AIDS (CDC, 2008). The CDC reported that the elderly population is a special challenge when it comes to implementing prevention measures. Many older persons, according to the CDC (2008) continue to be sexually active, but may not practice safe sex, not believing themselves to be at any risk for HIV infection. A collection of approximately twenty five scholarly journal articles and authoritative data bases such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State Department of Health were reviewed for relevant information regarding background, current state and three significantly interrelated contributing factors (i.e. attitudes, knowledge, and access) in order to determine if there are gaps in current public health communication strategies for HIV/AIDs prevention in Upstate New York.

Presenter: Christina Kolankiewicz (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Health Science
Location: 120 Hartwell
Time: 11:20 am (Session II)
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