Reported cases were up 87 percent among those 55 and older in those counties.In Central Florida, where The Villages and other retirement communities sprawl across several counties, reported cases of syphilis and chlamydia increased 71 percent among those 55 and older in that same period."If I think a patient may be sexually active, I suggest he or she gets screened," Salagubang said.
"They're the make-love-not-war generation, and old habits die hard." Anna Fowlkes is of that generation. Today, Fowlkes reaches out to other seniors by speaking to groups about her expereince and showing a brief video she produced called "Senior Dating: Older, Wiser, Safer." Next: Why older people are so at risk."The discussion certainly happens here," Williams said.She applies a portion of the funds her agency receives from the state for health education promoting safer senior sex and getting tested."Many older Americans face unique prevention challenges, including discomfort in discussing sexual behaviors with physicians and partners, and discomfort discussing condom use," she said. Connie Micklavzina, a gynecologist at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando, has started asking her older patients more questions, including whether they would like to be screened for sexually transmitted diseases."Often I see a huge look of relief on their faces, because they are too embarrassed to ask," said Micklavzina, who's been in practice 25 years.