April 5, 2010

April 5, 2010
HIV Cases Rise in Senior Citizens

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Monday and the start of another busy week. I hope you had a safe and great weekend. It is starting off as another beautiful day here in south Florida with sunny skies and a slight breeze with highs in the lows 80s.

I had to see the surgeon again early this afternoon to see how I am continuing to heal from the surgery. Unfortunately, my surgeon was not in today so I ended up being examined by two other surgeons. From what they said everything is looking pretty good. I still have one spot which is not healing exactly as they would like so I might have another small procedure in a few weeks which I was hoping to be able to avoid. They explained the full process to me which is did not sound any fun. But you do what you have to do I guess.

After leaving the surgeon, I had a couple of other errands to run including stopping by Fusion but unfortunately Mario was not in to the office yet. Then I had a quick stop by CVS to pick up a few items.

Chipper had me up half of the night so by the time I got back to the house and took the dogs for their afternoon walk, I was exhausted. I was hoping to get a nap but between Chipper and telephone calls, my nap never did get to happen.

But what I would like to talk about today is the increase of HIV in senior citizens. As of December 2008, the number of senior citizens in New Jersey living with HIV rose to 1,282, which represented a 17.5 increase from the previous year, according to state health officials and reported on by The Star Ledger. Women account for 32 percent of these cases. Similar numbers of HIV cases in senior citizens are also spiking around the United States.

Experts say that much of the problem is that people aged 65 and over do not believe they are at risk, and neither do their health care providers.

“It all stems from people thinking that seniors are not sexually active,” said Caitlyn Flynn, program coordinator of the New Jersey Women & AIDS Network. “We are not asking them questions as if they are sexually active and not giving them the information they need.”

We need to be educating our senior citizens more about condom use and avoiding sexually transmitted diseases. I am hoping AARP will help get the message out with the help of the Departments of Health and Human Services around the country. Time will tell.

Those are my thoughts. What about yours? Drop me a line and let me know.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab