The older generation grew up in a time where birth control pills allowed them to enjoy sex without the fear of getting pregnant – much like condoms, but without the need to spend money for them.
these same folks are back in the dating game after years of marriage
has led the way to divorce or one spouse’s death, which means they
can enjoy an active sex life again. While this can be good news,
it’s causing some great concern. After all, these same folks are
seeing a rise in STDs at a worrying rate.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of
gonorrhea cases in people 55 and older increased 164 percent in four
years (from 2014 to 2018). In that same timeframe, the number of
syphilis cases increased by 120 percent and chlamydia increased 86
obvious that, much like the younger generation, the older generation
needs to be practicing safe sex too.
and other medications allow men to have an active sexual life while
women can use lubricants, vaginal estrogen and other things to make
it more comfortable for them to have sex. Since they’re not
concerned with pregnancy, they don’t feel using condoms should be
an issue. This, along with dating after being monogamous for years,
gives them some false sense of security about their sexual health.
And for others, it’s the inability to talk to their doctor about
The problem is that a woman’s vaginal tissue thins out the older she gets, making her susceptible to small tears, which then increases her chances of getting an STD.
Some STDs can be easily treated using antibiotics, while others cannot. A person with HIV can use the right combination of medicine to reduce their viral load to nearly undetectable levels, meaning the disease is unlikely to be passed onto a partner.
problem is that most older Americans with this disease have no idea
they have it. In 2015, there were close to 40,000 new HIV infections,
with a quarter of them suffering from the disease for at least seven
years before realizing they had it.
current screening is the only way to know if a person has an STD.
concerned about their sexual health need to get tested. If an older
person is experiencing itching or burning of their private region,
have pelvic pain, unusual discharge or pain while having sex, they
should see their doctor and get tested. They should also look for
blisters or sores on their penis or vagina as well.
only surefire way to stem this wave of STDs among the older
generation is to talk with them and each other openly about sex and
sexually transmitted diseases. Another thing they can do is get a
condoms are so important at reducing the chances of spreading STDs,
encourage them to use them. If a man is unable to maintain an
erection after putting on a condom, there are now female condoms
available, which are just inserted into the vagina before having sex.
women should also use lubrication, but be mindful of which ones they
use. Silicone-based ones have oils that can destroy a sex toy but
last longer during sex than the water-based lubricants.
The older population may be enjoying sex, but they still need to practice safe sex to stay healthy.
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