Orlando, FL retired seniors hold highest rate of STD’s, enjoying much more than just golf in the Sunshine State!
Central Florida is the host to many retirees 55 years of age and older. However, within those communities, a shockingly 43% increase of sexually transmitted diseases have been reported. It seems the baby boomers are still practicing free love within retirement communities causing STD’s to be on the rise in Orlando, FL.
Among these communities that are spread amongst Central Florida throughout several counties, the Florida Health Department has reported that 70 percent of residents 55 and older have reported having cases of Chlamydia and syphilis. Furthermore, this increase among this age group is larger than the nation’s average by 10 percent.
It may seem shocking but it is quite easy to reconcile why seniors, particularly in the Orlando area would hold the highest percentage of reported cases of STD’s. They are retired, living more relaxed, healthier lives with access to medications like Viagra that help make it easier to have sex in general. The rates have increased to a point where STD screenings for seniors and safe sex education are being considered for coverage under Medicare.
Thinking of retiring and heading south? Proceed to the Orlando area with caution or at least contraception. An increasing age can also make you more susceptible to contracting STD’s or any infection since as we age, the immune system breaks down. No matter what age you are- if you are sexually active, it is important to have STD screenings once or twice a year. You can always do this safe and confidentially. Purchase online and take your purchase order number to any lab that provides STD screening.
Orange County Health Department- Orlando 5151 Raleigh St, Ste B Orlando, FL 32811 NOTE: STD and HIV screenings are done through the Central Health Center, please call 407-836-2680 for more information and hours.
Planned Parenthood- Downtown Orlando 726 S Tampa Ave Orlando, FL 32805 (407) 246-1788
Planned Parenthood- East Orlando Health Center 11500 University Boulevard, Suite B Orlando, FL 32817 (321) 235-5513