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Reproductive and Sexual Health

Reproductive and Sexual Health

The National Prevention Strategy provides evidence-based Recommendations for Reproductive and Sexual Health. Older adults are a traditionally overlooked population in reproductive and sexual health. However, healthypeople.gov reports that 29 percent of people living with AIDS are over age 50 and some older adults may be less knowledgeable about HIV/AIDS and less likely to protect themselves. Many older adults do not perceive themselves at risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), do not use condoms, and do not get tested for STDs.

Resources

The following materials are intended to help state and territorial governments and their partners implement the National Prevention Strategy to improve health outcomes for older adults by promoting reproductive and sexual health.

HIV: Know the RISKS. Get the FACTS. Older Adults and HIV/AIDS Toolkit
Administration on Aging (AoA)
This toolkit provides a multitude of resources and materials specifically designed to inform older adults about the risks of HIV/AIDS and to encourage older adults to know their status.

The Graying of HIV/AIDS: Community Resources for the Aging Services Network Webinar
Administration on Aging (AoA)
This webinar explores community programs and resources associated with positive aging and prevention focusing on HIV/AIDS. (January 2012)

Hepatitis C Birth Cohort Testing Communications Toolkit
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
ASTHO's web-based communications toolkit provides information and tools to help health officials communicate with healthcare providers and the public about CDC's HCV testing recommendations for persons born during 1945-1965.

Eight Policy Recommendations for Improving the Health and Wellness of Older Adults with HIV
Diverse Elders Coalition
This issue brief outlines describes the need for an expansion of Medicaid coverage offered through the Affordable Care Act and other policy recommendations related to older adults living with HIV, such as proper training of providers. It also highlights the importance of considering socio/economic and ethnic demographics and disparities.

Growing Older with the Epidemic: HIV and Aging
Gay Men's Health Crisis
This paper details what we know about HIV among older adults, what we do not yet understand, and what improvements can be made to better prepare the country to care for this population.

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