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.
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 ARCpoint Labs and walk-in to request the cash-pay test yourself… no need to tell doc about this one quite yet.