chapter  11
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Older Adults with HIV/AIDS

ByTim R. Johnston

In the early 1980s when the first people in the United States were dying from what later became known as AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), which is caused by HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the diagnosis was seen as a death sentence. Today, advances in medical treatments have transformed it into a chronic illness when treated properly, and many more people are growing older and aging well while living with HIV. This chapter describes some general best practices for working with residents with HIV or AIDS, as well as some of the history of the disease and the unique stigma attached to it.