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Case Studies:
Persons Over 50 with HIV/AIDS

Case studies of provider to patient encounters covering cultural gaps in gender, age, health literacy, trust and other socio-ethnic barriers. Cases also cover intra-ethnic variations among persons over 50 and the need to avoid stereotyping in one's approach to care and treatment. 
The following are chosen from the AETC-NMC collection of case studies and focus on scenarios involving persons over 50 with HIV/AIDS:
Case Study 10 A Vietnamese woman was rushed to the hospital by her adult children. The emergency room personnel discovered dark red welts running up her arms, shoulders and chest, yet the only presenting complaint was dizziness. When questioned, her son explained that he had rubbed her body with a quarter. Read more...
Case Study 19

John is a 65-year-old white man who has sex with men and who presents with anal lesions and rectal bleeding. A blood test reveals that John is positive for HIV antibodies and has a CD4+ T cell count that is below 200 cells/mm3. Read more...

Case Study 33

Joseph is a 58 year old African American man diagnosed with HIV five years ago and was newer prescribed antiretroviral medication (ARVs). He has no history of opportunistic infections but is diagnosed with hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and obesity. Read more...

Case Study 40

Mary Smith is a 66 year old African American woman newly diagnosed with HIV presents for the first time at Clinic A. She approaches the receptionist’s desk and hands her the appointment slip. Read more...


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