Sex Does Not End at Age 65 Neither Do STDs [video]

STDs are soaring for many in their golden yearsSex doesn’t end for senior citizens just because they are getting older and neither do sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). While pregnancy might not be a concern once a woman goes through menopause she still needs to be apprehensive about diseases associated with having sex. Perhaps, it’s time to for the younger generation to have “the talk” with their grandparents.

One might think that the older community is busy with crossword puzzles, bingo, reading and perhaps playing cards. That doesn’t seem to be the case. Men and women over 65 are busy having sex, unprotected sex. STDs are spreading quickly among men and women of the older community. Past reports shows that only about 5% of those in the golden years believe that sex is just for the young. Out of this age group 85% has some sort of intimate experience at least once a week, including kissing or intercourse.

Today assisted living facilities and retirement communities are being likened to college campuses. There are a lot of people crammed together and natural instincts begin to kick in. The older generation is in better health and as a result they are living longer. These senior citizens are proving to the world that the golden years don’t affect their desire to be intimate and as a result most are still very active sexually.

Although having sexual intercourse is not a problem in men and women age 65 and older, sexually transmitted diseases are. Once they’ve successful navigated the “change of life” men grab those Viagra pills and the women have no concern about conceiving a child so they do what comes natural, often not giving one thought to the possibility of contracting a disease.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases don’t just affect one particular age group or gender. The senior communities are experiencing the dramatic results associated with STDs. Many of them are overly exposed because of multiple sex partners and non-protected sexual activity.

The statistics and rates have reached tremendous highs and are growing. There are greater risks for seniors to contract a STD now than in times past. Many are widowed, divorced and lonely and in need of affection or “love.” They may not be interested in a steady partner but are still interested in intercourse and intimacy.

There are many STDs that people should be aware of such as Syphilis, gonorrhea and Chlamydia, which are bacterial based and can be treated through the process of antibiotics. However other STDs like Genital Herpes, HIV and AIDs have no known cure and must be dealt with for the remainder of the individual’s life. The golden years should be the best years, not time dealing with treatment or aggravation of STDs.

Many of the younger generation have been taught about STDs, especially with sexual activity with multiply partners, occurring much earlier in their lives than the older generation. It’s not so much they older people do not care as it is they simply know less about these diseases, how they spread or prevention.

The danger is in contracting a STD is many of these diseases have no immediate symptoms. The ones that do have some type of symptom can easily be confused with other diseases that are not transmitted sexually. Whether a person has symptoms or not they can still carry and transmit a STD to a partner.

Sex doesn’t end just because people age and neither do sexually transmitted diseases. STDs are on the rise in adults 65 and older, it is time for safe sex counselors to become as involved at assisted living facilities and retirement communities as they are in colleges.

 

 

By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)

Sources:

New York Times
Complex
The Australian

11 Responses to "Sex Does Not End at Age 65 Neither Do STDs [video]"

  1. Ted   November 29, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    If seniors who have STDs looking for a partner online, they can try some STD dating sites. On these communities you not only find love, but also get STD supports from other members or STD counselors.

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  2. Millionaire Match   September 21, 2015 at 1:18 am

    You are so awesome! I do not think I’ve truly read anything like that before. So good to discover someone with unique thoughts on this subject.

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  3. Rich Women Dating   September 21, 2015 at 1:14 am

    An impressive share!

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  4. FaCAI   May 26, 2014 at 9:46 am

    STD are serious infections that should be taken seriously. Some are for life, others can be cured.

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  5. GreenWind   May 18, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    It’s a long-term work to fight with STD. We should know more about prevention of the spread of the virus. It doesn’t matter who you are and how old you are.

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  6. jeff   April 17, 2014 at 5:12 am

    No one wants disease, though it happens, if we can not avoid these,we should be positive and confident to our life, enjoy the rest every day!

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  7. Lucy   February 24, 2014 at 3:11 am

    Right now, It’s hard to cure STD. But we need to be positive and live happy

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  8. Elva Joseph   February 22, 2014 at 3:50 am

    Are you really sure that we can have sex when we are in our 60’s, well if at all its possible then I surely wanna have unprotected sex as I would feel like I am done with scaring and having some condoms while having sex.

    As we all at the age of early 20’s scare of being effected with some STD virus. After 60’s no matter its a Viagra or any energy giving pills everyone would definitely like to go and have sex without any Condoms. If we are effected with any STD then I may well go on bed and start counting my last days. Or before it goes to the critical stage I may use some STD dating sites to get a date and even have sex with the one who is already effected. 🙂 😉

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  9. Michelle   February 22, 2014 at 2:50 am

    After reading the article I pictured myself what will I do when I reach 65 (If I get infected)? I am glad that people are coming out of their comfort zone to understand people who are suffering from STDs…Nice post…:)

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  10. Derek   January 22, 2014 at 1:06 am

    STD is a disease that all of us don`t want, and it should not be a bar for people with STDs to date and enjoy a happy life. Stay positive, and never be upset. Find love, support, dating and partner as before.

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  11. Donna   January 21, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    I’m sure Viagra has something to do with this too – men are having sex later in life than before Viagra. And I’ll bet they’re not telling their partners that they have STDs either. If they’re in their 60s, they probably are still at home,, not in nursing homes and they can use a dating site like Positive Singles, like some of my friends with STDs do.

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