Infectious diseases risk for ageing population

HIV has been ignored in the report despite evidence that 11% of new HIV infections occur in people who are older than 50 years and one third of people living with the infection are in this age group, it said.

The government report Old Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being also found end-of-life support appears to be increasingly utilised with 43% of Americans using a hospice in their last month (up from 19% in 1999) and 24% dying at home (compared to 15% in 1989).
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