September 7th, 2010 | Published in STD Research & Statistics
It may be a surprise to many of us that the elders in our community are still very sexually active, but the real surprise is that they are at a very high risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Recent reports have shown a dramatic increase in rates of STD amongst the elderly population especially those living in residential retirement communities. So why are the STD rates increasing in the elderly population?
Reasons for Increased STD Rates
The biggest reason for the rise of STDs in the elderly population is that they do not use condoms during sex. The elderly think that they are not going to get pregnant so there is no reason to wear condoms. As we know, condoms not only prevent pregnancy, but they also protect us from many of the STDs. So no matter what age, condoms should always be worn during sex when you are not in a monogamous relationship. Having multiple sex partners in the same community along with lack of condom usage adds to the spreading problem of STDs amongst the elderly. One person gets a STD, then that person gives it to a second person during sex. Then a third person gets a STD from the second person and so on, and so forth.
To stop the spread of STDs in the elderly community, everyone should get tested for STDs if they are sexually active no matter what age. STD testing is a simple and easy way to prevent the spread of STDs to others. Get tested and treated is the key. Secondly, the elderly need to be educated to use condoms during sex to protect themselves and others from STDs that can make them very sick. Lastly, if you are living in a retirement community, be proactive when having sex and ask your partner if they have been tested for STDs and always protect yourself by wearing a condom. There is no shame in gloving up!
Proactivity is Key
This article should not discourage you from having sex, but you should be aware of this growing problem and become proactive about your sex life. Sex is healthy when appropriate precautions are taken to keep our selves protected from STDs. Know your partner no matter what age, ask the right questions, and don’t feel ashamed to make the right decision for yourself.