July 11, 2013

July 11, 2013
Most San Franciscans With AIDS Are Now 50 or Older

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday and I hope you are having a beary safe and great week so far. It is another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear.

As most of you know I was diagnosed in 1982 while living in San Francisco. My how times have changed. Now the average person living with AIDS in San Francisco is over 50!

Reporting their findings in a recent study, researchers analyzed San Francisco’s HIV/AIDS case registry between 1990 and 2010.

They found that, by the close of 2010, there were 9,796 San Francisco residents living with AIDS. Among that group, 5,112 (52 percent) were 50 or older. In 1990, only 10 percent of those with an AIDS diagnosis were in that age group. The rate increased steadily across the years: to 24 percent in 2000, 38 percent in 2005 and 52 percent in 2010.

While 1990 saw 2,047 new AIDS diagnoses, by 2010 this figure had dropped to 331 new cases. In 1990, those living with AIDS in San Francisco had a median age of 38, with 48 percent between ages 35 and 44. By 2010, with the median age at 50, just 21 percent were between 35 and 44.

The authors stressed the new challenges facing an aging population:

“Older people with HIV/AIDS face both HIV/AIDS related and age related comorbidities, such as hypertension, chronic pain, hepatitis and arthritis, which are associated with poorer physical, mental and social well being,” they wrote, saying that the study has “emphasized the need for research on the interaction of age and HIV infection and also the necessity for increased community support, caregivers and systems infrastructure.”

This just shows how long people can live with HIV is they take their medications as directed and practice other healthy habits in life. Now if we can just get the vaccine and cure!

Hope you have a beary safe and great Thursday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab