This is a blog for the Mental Health Policy Class at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

November 29, 2007

A warning on safe sex at any age

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jane Fowler thinks it's about time college students had "the talk" with their grandparents.She doesn't mean grandmothers and grandfathers explaining the facts of life. She wants kids to explain safe sex to their elders.It's part of a broader message the 72-year-old has advocated for more than a decade. Ever since she contracted HIV when she was in her 50s, Fowler has made it her mission to help aging baby boomers and members of her generation avoid her mistakes."Once people get past their own embarrassment and understand grandparents today are still sexually active, they realize I'm right," said Fowler, who is scheduled to speak at a safe-sex event on the Kansas State University campus today. "Their grandparents face the same risks of sexually transmitted diseases as they do."

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