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Washington tailors HIV and AIDS talk to seniors

Wednesday - 10/17/2012, 3:42pm  ET

By JESSICA GRESKO
Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Officials in the nation's capital are asking senior citizens to think about HIV and AIDS.

The city has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the country. Officials say about one in five newly diagnosed cases in the city is a person 50 or older.

They say older people are often diagnosed later and sicker because they don't think they're at risk.

Now health officials plan to spend $150,000 a year over at least the next two years reaching out to seniors. But talking to the baby boom generation about HIV and AIDS is different from talking to adolescents, and officials have developed a program specifically geared for older adults.

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