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Perception of HIV/AIDS risk among older people living in slums settlements of Nairobi City, Kenya

Gloria C Langat, University of Southampton

The paper explores the role of experiential knowledge and affective feelings in influencing perceived HIV/AIDS risk factors among older people. Quantitative data collected from 2,771 people aged 50 years and older as part of a larger study in Korogocho and Viwandani slums of Nairobi, Kenya is used. Findings indicate caring for persons who are infected, caring for orphans, loss of support from adult children through illness or death and infection among older people as the four most cited HIV/AIDS risks. The paper illustrates how personal experiences and feelings of vulnerability towards HIV risk factors are associated with what older people perceive as threats. One finding of programmatic implication is that older people recognise HIV infection among their age group as a concern dispelling the notion that older people do not perceive themselves at risk of HIV infection. They should therefore be targeted in prevention interventions.

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Presented in Session 77: Impact of HIV and AIDS on the wellbeing of older people