Special Considerations Related to Aging in Persons With HIV

  • Author: Matthew B. Goetz, MD (More Info)
  • Section Editor: Judith S. Currier, MD, MSc
  • Editors in Chief: Daniel R. Kuritzkes, MD; Joseph J. Eron, Jr., MD
  • Last Reviewed: 11/1/21 (What's New)


  • CDC recommends that all patients 13-64 years of age be offered HIV testing at least once as part of routine clinical practice, unless the prevalence of undiagnosed HIV infection in the target population is < 0.1% (Management Guidelines)[Branson 2006]
  • US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all adolescents and adults 15-65 years of age should be screened for HIV and that younger adolescents and older adults at increased risk should also be screened (Management Guidelines)[USPSTF HIV Screening]
  • Routine rather than risk-based HIV testing is especially relevant to older individuals as many are unaware of their risk for HIV or are reluctant to discuss it with others[Grabar 2006; Paul 2007; Farrell 2012]

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