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STDs Are Growing Most… Among Seniors.

Senior-citizens-seeing-rise-in-STDsSexually transmitted diseases are on the rise. It’s a troubling thought that might actually make you cringe.

If you assume sexually transmitted diseases are growing most rapidly among high school students and college students… you are wrong.

The group seeing the biggest rise in STDs? Senior citizens.

Consider this…

You probably didn’t know that 80% of people 50 and older are still sexually active. Perhaps that statistic lends itself to this one: Chlamydia and syphilis are tripling among this age group (source).

Why STDs on the rise among seniors?

While I’m sure there are a host of reasons why STDs are on the rise among seniors – here are some reasons that could contribute to our growing problem:

  • People are living longer and divorce is on the rise.
  • Seniors aren’t worrying about pregnancy, so they may avoid using condoms.
  • Older men are the target of erectile dysfunction, medicines can help them & encourage sexual activity.
  • Senior citizens may not have received safe sex education when they were younger.
  • Online dating – which seniors are definitely involved in.

If you were confused as to why your grandmother got a Facebook page, maybe you should be more confused about her profile on Zoosk….

Why are STDs in seniors a problem?

First off, the growth of STDs are a danger to everyone and for senior citizens… they can complicate their health and endanger any sexual partner.

Secondly, this can play into medicare for the senior citizens, an already sensitive subject these days.

How do we change this?

Well – seniors – LISTEN UP:

You are NOT immune to STDs. Sexually Transmitted Diseases are NOT just for young people.

You risk your health when you have unprotected sex. Though pregnancy may not be an issue, you should still be using protection. Simple as that.

Afraid you have an STD already? Find our friends at TEST SMARTLY LABS and walk-in to request the cash-pay test yourself… no need to tell doc about this one quite yet.


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  1. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Richmond on March 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    This is a very important issue that not many people think of. Thanks for bringing it light. Seniors who are dating should definitely treat themselves as they were a young person and get tested.

  2. Comment by TITLE Boxing Club Brighton on March 6, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I never would have guessed that STDs would be growing most in seniors. I guess it makes sense if they are getting divorced, staying sexually active and are not worried about getting pregnant.

  3. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Des Moines on March 7, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Seniors take really good care of themselves when it involves their bones, eyes and skin. They should definitely be worried about their sexual habits.

  4. Comment by J. Casson Mortgage Planning on March 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    WOW! What a shocking statistic. This needs to get under control fast.

  5. Comment by TITLE Boxing Club of Lawrence on March 7, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Seniors have to worry about STDs like everyone else and getting tested for STDs is just the smart thing to do.

  6. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Jacksonville on March 11, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    This is very interesting, we preach to our kids about safe sex but it seems many don’t take their own advice. Good post!

  7. Comment by TITLE Boxing Club of Tampa on March 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I imagine that a lot of them are losing mental function and make uncharacteristic choices, or that because they’re nearing the end of their life, that they aren’t making good decisions. Great article.

  8. Comment by Performance Trucks on March 11, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    This brings a whole new component to caring and treating disease among the elderly.

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