Florida: Seniors Learn Ins and Outs of Safe Sex
February 11, 2009
On Tuesday, the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Northeast Dade hosted a seminar about safe sex, where attendees learned about the STD risks and realities of unprotected sex among seniors. In 2005, 15 percent of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses were among people age 50 and older, according to CDC.
"I just read an article about infectious diseases, STDs and all that stuff," Ethel tells her friend over the phone. "I read that the number of seniors with STDs is increasing."
"People were unaware you can get a disease at this stage in life," said Julie Chesley, 83, a video co-producer. She and others in the group wrote the script, built sets, and sculpted the clay characters, who talk frankly about using condoms, how soon to have sex when dating, and getting screened for STDs. "If talking about AIDS helps one person, then our movie was a success," Chesley said.
02.11.2009; Rebecca Dellagloria
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.