Via Angela James and several email messages comes this PSA about sexually transmitted diseases among senior citizens:
While the PSA is hilarious, the facts are that STD infections and HIV infections are on the rise among senior citizens in the US, particularly in Florida, where many retirees live or spend the winter. This is a group of people who grew up without safe sex counseling, and, as the article above states, were in their 20s in the 1960s. (My favorite part of that article: “As a result of the increase in infections, Medicare is considering providing coverage for STD screening and behavioral counseling for seniors.” I wonder what the political fallout of that consideration might be! *headdesk*)
I personally love when there are romance storylines for ancillary characters that are older than the romance norm, and wonder if there will be more romances featuring older couples as the primary protagonists. Do you know of any? Have you read some?