Having The Talk With Grandma

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Monday, September 26, 2011 - 2:01pm

Health officials are urging adults to counsel their elderly parents on safe sex.

Just when you though those sex talks were over, the Florida Department of Health wants to turn the tables, asking children to have that awkward conversation with their aging parents.

These days, health experts say the conversation is imperative.

"The increase is in asking them to consider using protection. Whereas in the past, previous generations were not as sexually active with so many different partners," says Diane Holm from the Lee County Health Department.

Many seniors may now be more sexually active but might not be practicing safe sex.

"They definitely have sex on their mind, because I live in a place where, oh my, I would say eight out of 10 are looking for men," says Yuanita Laffon.

Yuanita's daughter, Jaye Dobson, plans on having a conversation with her mother about practicing safe sex in order to help lower a few potentially deadly statistics.

"Back in the day, they didn't have to worry about it. It wasn't what it was like today," Jaye says.

In 2009, a fifth of HIV cases and a quarter of new AIDS cases in Florida were in people over the age of 50.

The state of Florida projects that by 2015, most HIV/AIDS cases will be found among people 50-years-old and over.
 

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