Sexually active older adults have the lowest rate of condom use compared to all other age groups, according to the 2010 National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior.survey, only 22 percent of women and 38 percent of men said they’d talked about sex with their doctor since they’d turned 50.
And doctors might not routinely ask questions about a senior’s sex life during exams.
Indeed, a 2010 study out of Indiana University on sexual health found the lowest rates of condom use were among people ages 45 and older. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rates of STDs among older people (including syphilis, chlamydia, genital herpes, and even AIDS) are skyrocketing.
And the lack of condom use is heavily impacting the health of the single-senior population. But in a sign that the tide of awareness may be turning, in 20, 2.2 million Medicare beneficiaries did take advantage of free STD screening and counselling. Seniors and STDs According to industry estimates, there are around 35,000 assisted living facilities in the U. And as the Baby Boomers enter these communities, we are witnessing a shift from an institutional care model to much more individualized care, a change that often enables–even facilitates–amorous relationships between a facility’s residents.
It’s a small price to pay for the assurance that sex—safer sex—can keep going long after that AARP card comes the mail.
Even single residents of assisted living facilities frequently meet a romantic interest and pair up.
About 53 percent of people over 65 say they are sexually active, and a quarter of those over 75 say they still have sex, according to a survey published in the .
For those who need an assist, there are drugs such as Viagra and Cialis to help a man get and keep an erection.
And as reports about STDs in older people made headlines over the past few years, seniors also woke up to the risk.
The Department of Health and Human Services notes that 2.2 million Medicare beneficiaries received free STD screenings and counseling sessions in 20—about the same number that got colonoscopies. Disturbingly, 27 percent of new AIDS diagnoses in the US in 2013 were among people age 50 or older.