STD rates are skyrocketing among senior citizens living in retirement communities in Florida, such as the many located in Spring Hill. These are mostly people who have spent most of their lives with one partner, so they’re not accustomed to using protection during sexual activity.
Many are newly single and living in retirement communities, where it is easy to find other lonely individuals. Our skin gets thinner, including “down there” as we age, meaning older people are more likely to be infected if exposed to a virus or bacteria. And so, the STIs spread.
In 2015, there were 327 people living with HIV or AIDS in Hernando County, with a prevalence rate of 210 per 100K people. In 2017, 520 people in Hernando County were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 284.1 per 100K people, lower than the Florida rate of 486.8. The gonorrhea and infectious syphilis rates were 103.2 and 5.5.
Health officials urge every sexually active person to get tested often, even if they are not experiencing symptoms.
Spring Hill has a few STD-testing clinics, and there are even more options in the surrounding areas. The Nature Coast Community Health Center on Forest Oaks Blvd provides testing and treatment for HIV and other STIs. Bayfront Health Brooksville, located on Cortez Blvd, screens for and treats STDs. Watch the community calendar to see if there are any free STD testing events coming up.