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STDs in Seniors Continue to Spread

They say you have to live while you’re young, but that isn’t really the case. Take a step inside an assisted living facility — you might be surprised to find that it looks like spring break! In fact, between 2007 and 2011, chlamydia infections among Americans over 65 increased by 31 percent and syphilis increased by 52 percent.

Senior STDs Run Rampant

They aren’t as tired as you think. The magic of erectile dysfunction pills mixed with post-menopausal women with no pregnancy concerns creates a batch of people having a lot of unprotected sex. Just as you would worry about your kids out with friends, you should also be worrying about your parents.

How Do STDs Spread in Elder Care?

  • Older people are now using online dating and are thus unfamiliar with their partners’ sexual histories;
  • Today’s Baby Boomers came to maturity during the sexual revolution of the 1960s/1970s and are now reverting back to their previous sexual behavior;
  • Seniors were married before sex education gained prominence and missed the safe sex talks;
  • Weakened immune systems make them more susceptible to contracting diseases — including STDs;
  • Doctors don’t think to test seniors for STDs in a standard examination.

What STDs Are Of Concern?

All of the same STDs that younger people contract are possible for seniors to contract. In 2013, individuals aged 50 and over accounted for 27 percent of all HIV diagnoses in the US.

How the Problem is Being Addressed

Professionals in the eldercare industry are openly discussing the problem, as the numbers of infections have not gone down. This is being done in the hopes that seniors will get over their embarrassment and talk to their partners, as well as doctors, to prevent spreading the diseases.

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