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As education and awareness campaigns remain focused on people age 18 to 34, women in their 40s and beyond are not always getting the messages they need to hear about safer sex and regular testing.California mother and grandmother Nell Davis, 64, doesn’t fit any of the past profiles of those at high risk.But she has become one of the new faces of the disease and was recently featured in the PBS documentary Endgame.Davis was a divorcee who met and married a “nice man from the church.” While on their honeymoon, Davis says, she started to feel ill with symptoms she could not shake.Later, “I found his HIV test results hidden in his Bible,” she says, adding that the date of the test “told me that he knew he was HIV positive well before we got married, but he never said anything.” (MORE: HIV/AIDS and People Over 50) Women over 50 make up 10 percent of all women living with HIV.