HIV surveys in older adults: better data, better health

Published: February 1, 2015

Sebastian Vollmer, Tobias Alfven, Jude Padayachy, Kenneth Harttgen, Peter D Ghys,
Till Bärnighausen
Original Article:

Most nationally representative HIV surveys, including those of the Demographic and Health Surveys Programme, limit eligibility for HIV testing to adults younger than 50 years or 55 years of age. These age limits reflect the belief that HIV is a disease acquired in youth and with consequences in middle age.1,2 However, as the epidemic evolves, information about HIV in older people will become essential, and age limits for surveys should be removed for six reasons.

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