Health: Never Too Old

Sexually active seniors are one of the fastest-growing HIV-infected populations in the U.S.

Sue Saunders, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., grandmother, had the symptoms: rapid weight loss, rashes, fever. But when she went to her local health clinic, a nurse asked incredulously, "What's an old woman like you doing getting an HIV test?"

Saunders' positive result came as a shock to the nurse, but it shouldn't have. Seniors are one of the fastest-growing HIV-infected populations in the U.S. Sunny south Florida, a magnet for retirees, has the largest concentration of people 50 or older with HIV. Seniors account for 14% of AIDS cases in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, compared with 10% nationally....

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