Most young people want to put their heads in the sand when it comes to old age and sex, but the reality is that older people do have sex, and they do suffer from STDs. For example, Florida has seen a rise in the number of syphilis cases among the older generation.
2018 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that there was
a 16.7 percent increase in syphilis cases in men 65 and older. This
coincides with the record-breaking 2.3 million syphilis cases in
Health database showed that, in 2014 and 2017, there was a 23 percent
increase in herpes simplex, syphilis, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis,
hepatitis B and chlamydia in people over the age of 60.
to the influx of medicines for senior citizens to continue having a
sex life, the rise in STDs is likely to continue if there is no
intervention. Zion Market Research published a report that shows the
erectile dysfunction market is a nearly $5 billion industry with an
expected revenue of $7 billion a year industry by 2025.
senior citizens given the ability to have sex, the chance of the STDs
spreading is high. And, since many seniors take an array of
medications to treat other conditions, their ability to fight off
some diseases is low because they don’t have as much good bacteria
anymore. Seniors with STDs could suffer more serious medical issues.
to Dr. Morton Levitt, a Florida pathologist, he has seen several STD
cases involve senior citizens, and he attributes it to their lack of
shyness and their open and honest talks about sex with their doctors.
He said the right tests run through the pathology lab often means
quick STD treatment and recovery time. However, Levitt said, the
real problem in the rise of STDs among the older generation is them
not engaging in safe sex practices.
Levitt suggests doctors talk openly to their patients about sex, HIV and STDs and test older patients who admit to being sexually active. Levitt said senior citizens can protect themselves by practicing safe sex and talking to their partners and doctor about concerns they may have. He said people who do this are more often to get tested and catch infections early on.
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Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are caused by a variety of microorganisms. These agents cause genital tract infections that are often overlooked due to the absence of specific symptoms. The silent nature of these infections can prevent early diagnosis and delay possible treatment. Lack of symptoms will also facilitate disease transmission from to person to person or to the fetus during pregnancy. The availability of effective vaccines may effectively reduce the risk of contracting an STD and enhance existing prevention programs.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are bacterial, fungal or viral infections that are spread through the engagement of sexual intercourse with anyone who has any of the STDs. These sexual infections many be spread in a variety of sexual activity asides penetrative sex, including all sexual acts involving the mouth, penis, vagina or anus. Many of these STIs can also be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, blood interactions and needle sharing among other equipment that is used in intravenous drug use. Sexually transmitted diseases are severe illnesses that usually require treatment irrespective of whether the female counterpart is pregnant or not, but in the case of pregnancies, there is a particular need to exercise more care as mothers are not the only one at risk.