charles emlet, J HIV/AIDS & soc serv (informaworld): HIV/AIDS service orgs 5X more effective in reaching HIVers over 50 than elder service orgs (0113)

Knowledge and Use of AIDS and Aging Services by Older, HIV-Infected Adults
Charles A. Emlet
Affiliation: Social Work and a Hartford Scholar in Geriatric Social Work at the University of Washington, Tacoma, USA
Appearing in: Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, Volume 3, Issue 1 June 2004 , pages 9 – 24
Also incorporating: Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children & Youth


Older adults living with HIV/AIDS require a complex array of services. Such needs can be addressed both by the service network developed for HIV as well as the network developed for older persons. This study of adults, age 50 and over with HIV/AIDS (N = 41), compared the knowledge and use of services commonly available from the HIV network as well as the aging network. The study sample had similar knowledge of HIV services and services designed for older adults. These individuals, however, used a significantly higher number of services provided through the HIV network (mean of 2.61 services) compared to the aging network (mean of .68 services). Predictors for service use varied across systems. While the primary predictor of HIV service use was awareness, Medicaid eligibility and living arrangements were predictive of use of services from the aging network.

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