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Social Work Conference Examines Illicit Drug Use and HIV Risk Among Older Adults

Over the past 10 years the population of adults over 50 with HIV/AIDS has doubled and currently 10 percent of AIDS cases reported to the CDC are among this population. In light of this, School of Social Work and the Center for Intervention and Prevention Research on HIV and Drug Abuse brought together prominent researchers in drug abuse, HIV and aging to identify best practices for HIV prevention and intervention among older adults who use illicit drugs.

Jeanette Takamura
 
Jeanette Takamura

Social Work Dean Jeanette Takamura Offers Introductory Remarks
Jeanette Takamura, dean of the School of Social Work, introduces the topic of "illicit drug-use and HIV-risk among older adults."

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Tazuko Shibusawa
 
Tazuko Shibusawa

The Population of Adults over 50 with HIV/AIDS Is Increasing Rapidly, Says Social Work's Tazuko Shibusawa
Over the past 10 years the population of adults over 50 with HIV/AIDS has doubled, says Tazuko Shibusawa, associate professor of social work. Likewise, 10 percent of AIDS cases reported to the CDC are among adults over 50. The goal of the conference, she says, is to share knowledge of HIV risks among older adults in relation to illicit drugs, identify gaps in knowledge and advance a research agenda.

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David Metzger
 
David Metzger

David Metzer Reports on 'HIV Infection, Risk and Survival: Results of a 13-year Follow-up of Injection Drug Users'
David Metzger of the University of Pennsylvania investigates the results of the follow-up to his 1989-1996 study of HIV in injection drug-users who suffered from rampant infection rates before the introduction of countermeasures. Metzger suggests that "if we focus too narrowly on HIV and not more broadly on the health of [drug users] we may miss a wide range of more serious health problems."

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Judith Auerbach
 
Judith Auerbach

Older Adults Often Underestimate Their Risk of HIV/AIDS, Says Judith Auerbach
Most of the HIV/AIDS focus is on primary prevention -- how to avert new infections -- says Judith Auerbach, Office of AIDS Research, National Institutes of Health. Older adults, defined as those over 50, often don't know what HIV/AIDS is or how it is transmitted and subsequently underestimate their risk, she says. In addition, older adults are often diagnosed at later stages of the disease.

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Shot: Mar 07, 2003
Published: May 07, 2003
Last modified:May 08, 2003