iconstar paper   HIV Articles  
Back grey arrow rt.gif
NYC DOH Released New 2017 HIV Surveillance Report....23.9% over 60 years old, 77% over 40....55% over 50
Saying annual new HIV diagnoses continued to decline, from 2279 to 2157 in 2017, a 5.4% decrease (3.6% for men, 11.6% for women) - continuing to make progress toward meeting statewide goals to end HIV epidemic. New diagnosis among MSM & new diagnosis among persons with a history of injection drug use remained stable from 2016 to 2017. In 2017, 14% of new diagnosis were made during acute phase of HIV, an important increase from 9% in 2013.
OF NOTE, 77% with HIV are over 40 years old: 23.9% are over 60 (30,126), 32.5% are 50-59 (40,929), and 20.6% are 40-49 (25,977), clearly depicting the aging of the HIV population, and the quicker aging in NYC. Of the 30,126 people over 60 how many for disabled to less or greater degree, how many are homebound, how many are able to understand their health conditions: do the appreciate the seriousness of their cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, frailty & medical diagnoses by expert specialists? Many do Not. What services are being provided? How much unmet need for services, support and higher quality care is needed? As one looks around the USA at RW Councils and local officials how many understand what services these older aging HIV+ need?? I suggest they do not know; have they done any surveys or inquiries to identify needs, NO, NYC has started this process, they have done a survey identifying needs and are in the early stages of the process of designing a services program, which started 1 year ago. But other cities have not, nor have federal officials with done much or anything to begin discussing services needed: which include specialized care, and addressing impaired ability to perform daily independent living activities caused by physical & mental impairment. Jules




  iconpaperstack View Older Articles   Back to Top   www.natap.org