HIV Prevalence and Incidence in People 50 Years and Older in Rural South Africa (Scientific Letters) (Letter to the Editor)

HIV Prevalence and Incidence in People 50 Years and Older in Rural South Africa (Scientific Letters) (Letter to the Editor)

To the Editor: Studies of HIV prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa usually focus on the age group 15-49 years. (1) However, estimates of HIV prevalence in older people are required for health policy and planning. The health care and social needs of older HIV-infected individuals differ from younger people; e.g. because of different co-morbidities, (2) different responses to antiretroviral treatment (ART), (3) and the central role of older adults in African households. (4) In South Africa, a nationally representative survey provided first insights into the burden of HIV in the population 50 years of age, reporting HIV prevalence in men/women as 10.4%/10.2% (in the age group 50-54 years), 6.2%/7.7% (55-59 years), and 3.5%/1.8% (60 years). (5) However, the South African HIV epidemic is highly heterogeneous (6) with substantial variation by geographic location and ethnic group, limiting the value of national averages. Method

HIV Prevalence and Incidence in People 50 Years and Older in Rural South Africa (Scientific Letters) (Letter to the Editor)

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