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HIV infection rates for over-50s growing quickly

Health Protection Agency warns that people over 50 are as much at risk from unsafe sex as the young.

People over 50 are as much at risk from unsafe sex as the young, the Health Protection Agency warns today, as it reveals evidence that the numbers becoming infected with HIV in that age group have more than doubled in seven years.

In 2000 there were 299 new HIV infections among the over-50s, according to the HPA, which presents its findings at the International Aids conference in Vienna today. But in 2007 there were 710 new cases.

Some of those diagnosed after the age of 50 will have been infected when they were younger and diagnosed late. After some early symptoms, people who are fit and healthy often continue to feel well and may not suspect they have HIV for as long as 10 years. Unfortunately, late diagnosis reduces their chances of survival. More