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Why is early detection of HIV infrequent in LGBT older adults?

Because many healthcare providers assume older adults don’t require testing and because many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults fear discrimination from the medical community, early HIV detection remains minimal among LGBT elders. While early detection of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) greatly improves the chances of living longer, doctors often fail to perceive older adults at risk for HIV. They neglect to ask about sexual partners and drug use and, as a result, might not administer HIV tests. 

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