SEXUAL REVOLUTION: BABY BOOMERS LEAD THE PACK FOR STDS
Among widows, empty-nesters and divorcees who remain fit and ac- tive, rates of sexually transmitted diseases have doubled among 50- to 90-year-olds in the past decade. An estimated 80 percent of 50- to 90-year-olds are sexually active. This activity has contributed to rises in cases of syphilis, chlamyd- ia, and gonorrhea among 45- to 64-year-olds in the U.S. and U.K.
A renewed sex life through erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra and Cialis, combined with a lack of awareness, testing or in-depth dialogue with their partner, have put more Boomers at risk. With pregnancy no longer an issue, many don’t feel the need to use protection. Consequently, 50-year- olds are six times less likely to use a condom than men in their 20’s.
“Younger adults have far more STD’s than older adults, but the rates are growing at far higher rates in older adults,” said Dr. Anupam B. Jena of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
LEARN MORE The National Institute on Aging has more on HIV, AIDS, and older people or visi- hivtest.org to find a testing site.