The Florida Department of Health in Indian River County focuses on the 50+ population, particularly with regard to HIV/AIDS. They know that one of the hardest things you may hear in your lifetime is that you are infected with the HIV virus, or that you have AIDS.
In an effort to try to reduce the number of people affected by HIV or AIDS, the Department of Health offers HIV counseling, testing, and education. If you test positive for HIV, there is partner counseling and referral services. Informing one’s sex and needle sharing partners is a tough job, but they need to know.
Additionally they have field staff who conduct HIV counseling and testing in the community to at-risk individuals, and provide HIV outreach testing and counseling services. For individuals living with HIV, they offer prescription assistance through an AIDS Drug Assistance Program.
The original Brooklyn Dodgers made this their winter home in 1948, one of the first teams to have spring training in the state. The Dodgers moved to Glendale, Arizona in 2009, but old historic Dodgertown has been renovated with shops and restaurants, and travel baseball and softball teams now play their big tournaments and showcases there.
With an older population comes special problems with STDs. Some older people may be ashamed or afraid of being tested and their doctors do not always think to test older patients. Sadly by the time they are diagnosed, the infections may be in the late stages and more difficult to cure, or in the case of HIV, more likely to progress to AIDS.
One reason the number of STD cases among older people is growing each year is because they often know less about STDs and how they spread than younger people do. They may not know the importance of using condoms and getting tested. Many widowed and divorced people are dating again and they believe STDs are not an issue for older people. Because of that, they are less likely to protect themselves. In the same way women who no longer worry about becoming pregnant may be less likely to use a condom and to practice safer sex.
Healthcare workers and educators often do not talk with middle-aged and older people about STD prevention. They are far less likely than younger people to talk about their sex lives or drug use with their doctors and the doctors may not ask older patients about their sex lives or drug use or talk to them about risky behaviors.
The city has a strict policy restricting building heights to four stories. This gives the area the look and feel of a seaside village. But even living in a small town you need to recognize the rising rates of sexually transmitted diseases. You can get results wherever go. Mobile tests and HIV/AIDS facilities can be affordable. If you want to remain anonymous, hit up a STI clinic before wandering through McKee Botanical Garden.