November 11, 2010
Aired on The Health Show. A shorter version of the piece also aired on Voice of America.
Thanks to effective drugs, many people who contracted HIV when they were younger are living into their fifties and beyond - something they never imagined when they were first diagnosed. The Centers for Disease Control predicts that by 2015, half of Americans with HIV/AIDS will be 50 and older. But in addition to these longtime patients, the number of people contracting the disease in their fifties is rising. The majority of this population gets the virus through heterosexual sex. This story looks at the challenges of getting a prevention message across to a group that never thought it needed to worry about the consequences of unprotected sex.