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Men and women older than 50 are at higher risk for HIV infection and have faster progression from HIV to AIDS once infected, according to a study by the World Health Organization. One reason for the higher infection risk is that seniors may participate in unprotected sex at higher rates than younger people. Another may be that erectile dysfunction medications, like Viagra, make it possible for older men to engage in sex more often or reestablish patterns of unprotected sex that waned as they had aged. But researchers are unclear precisely why infection risks are higher and disease progression faster in this demographic group because of a dearth of research that includes older HIVers. 'Understanding the epidemiology of HIV infection in older individuals can lead to interventions to make these years safer and more enjoyable,' the researchers concluded.

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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.