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Sexually Transmitted Diseases – Who is More at Risk? Teens or Adults over 50?

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The last time we visited this subject, we found that younger people were not the only one who were subject to sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs. Research has shown that more mature adults are prone to contracting STDs as well. While both teens and adults over 50 can catch or spread an STD, who is more at risk or is there no difference at all? Does it even matter?

As we get older, our bodies change. We have to be more conscious of the things we eat and how we take care of ourselves. The things you may have done as a teen you may not be able to do in your 50s. The again, if someone takes good care of his or her health as a young person maybe they will be able to continue with a healthy life as a mature adult.

Good health and hygiene begins in youth and is something that can continue as you become an adult. The way to prevent an older person from being careless about choosing their sexual partners is to teach them while they’re young about abstinence and practicing safe sex if they do indulge. They have to know that if they choose to have sex, they need to be careful so they won’t contract any unwanted diseases that could completely change their lives.

Now that we know unprotected sex can cause long term health problems, it is important for each individual to act responsibly. Young people need to be educated about their choices. For information, check out this link at: Young Girls, Sex, & STDs and
Teen Girls at Higher Risk for STDs: Report
. More mature people need to use their wisdom and experience to make good choices as well. See here: STDs: Not Just Common Among Young People.

STDs may not go away anytime soon, but we can decrease the rate of growth with more information and discussions on the topics. This is not just something that affects the young or the old.

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EmpowHER Guest

I agree. We all need to be smart and take better are of our health as a nation. Healthcare costs are expensive enough for people who get diseases without being careless. Just imagine how much we would save on healthcare if everyone did their part and took care of themselves. It is time for people to step up and care about their own lives and teach our children the same thing.

March 20, 2010 - 11:15am
EmpowHER Guest

Does it really matter who is more at risk. The issue is how we get people to stop being so careless with something so serious. Thoughts anyone?

March 19, 2010 - 11:05pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Well, it does matter who is more at risk for several reasons: high risk populations may need immediate attention, and may be of a demographic without the means to educate themselves.

While anyone who has unprotected sex is high risk, teenagers and young adults often believe themselves to be invincible. It won't happen to them and their sexual partners are young, good looking and in good shape. They can't have a disease! Besides, they didn't see any signs...

Older people (I would say a lot older than 50 as anyone I know in their 50s is well aware of STDs - they grew up in the 70s and 80s when STDs were raging and HIV/AIDs was a prominent subject (not counting the Reagan Administration)). Persons age 65 and up were often not taught about STDs/STIs in school and entered marriage a lot earlier that people do now. To be married with three kids by age 25 was common place and condoms or STIs were not talked about. There is also a feeling among older people that sexually transmitted diseases are a "young person's" issue because that's where all the attention is focused. They are also at risk for believing they are invincible, just for different reasons.

People are careless for so many reasons : ignorance, selfishness...the list goes on. It seems like no amount of education is working because in the end, it all comes down to personal responsibly and that's a concept that many people just don't care about.

I will say, however, that many people ARE very conscientious about protection.

Perhaps a study on their backgrounds and mentalities would be a good idea. What makes one population very responsible and another not? Is it their education? The way they were raised by their parents? What schools they went to? The attitude of their particular society?

March 20, 2010 - 5:26am
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